Jack Diesing Sr., former chairman of the College World Series, dies age 92
Friday, April 2, 2010
Jack Diesing Sr., former chairman of the College World Series has died at the age of 92. His son announced the cause of death as complications from Parkinson’s disease. Diesing was chairman of the series from 1963 until 2002.
Diesing helped the tournament become one of the most successful college events in the United States. He became chairman in 1963 after his boss at Brandies department store died and passed on his duties to Diesing, one of which was the chairman role.
Before taking the role the series had only made a profit in five of its fourteen years. Under Diesing's leadership the series never made a loss. During his time as chairman he also negotiated a long term contract with the NCAA and lengthened the series from 5 to 10 games.
Diesing's son, Jack Diesing Jr., released a statement on his fathers death saying "My dad will be missed by a lot of people, but he won’t be forgotten". He continued to say that his goals were to make "Omaha a better community" and to secure the "CWS to mantain its legacy".
At the time of his death Diesing was still chairman emeritus of College World Series of Omaha Inc., a non-profit organization that helped with the coordination of the series.
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