John D. Diesing Sr.

 John D. Diesing Sr., known to most as Jack Sr., passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the age of 92. His creation of CWS of Omaha, Inc. in 1967 as the local non-profit organizing committee and the role he played as Chairman of that board for over 30 years, were instrumental to the success of the College World Series in Omaha   Read Omaha World Herald Story (reprinted with permission).

The NCAA's deep respect for Diesing's contribution to the success of the event is evident by its endorsement of the John D. Diesing Sr. Award, given annually since 1999 by CWS of Omaha, Inc. to the most outstanding player of the series. Players earning the award receive a miniature replica of The Road to Omaha sculpture at Rosenblatt Stadium. The NCAA has endorsed no other similar championship awards.

View his bio below and read more about how it all began.


John D. Diesing (Jack Sr.)

•    Graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a law degree (LL.B.) (1941)
•    Former special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1941-1945)
•    Owner, Skipper Diesing Manufacturing Company (1945-1947)
•    Assistant Secretary and Treasurer, J.L. Brandeis and Son (1947-1963)
•    Vice President and Secretary, J.L. Brandeis and Sons (1963-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president, E. John Brandeis Trust (1947-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president, Retailers Association of Omaha (1947-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president, Omaha Collection Bureau (1947-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president, Brandeis Investment Company (1947-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president of the Douglas County Chapter, American Red Cross (1951-1957)
•    Board of Directors member, St. Catherine’s Hospital (1958-1964)
•    Board of Directors member and past chairman, College World Series of Omaha, Inc. from (currently Chairman Emeritus) 1963-Present
•    Incorporated College World Series, Inc. (CWS, Inc.) in 1967 as a nonprofit organization
•    Introduced the popular general-admission ticket books
•    Board of Directors member, United Way of the Midlands
•    Board of Directors member and past president, Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Chapter
•    Board of Directors member, Pop Warner Midget Football League
•    Board of Directors member, First National Bank (1964-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, SAC Consultation Committee (1964-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, Omaha Industrial Foundation (1964-1980)
•    Board of Directors member and past president, Downtown Parking Association (1964-1985)
•    Board of Directors member, Girls Town (1964-1970)
•    Board of Directors member, Creighton University (1964-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, Archbishop Bergan Mercy Hospital (1964-1978)
•    AK-SAR-BEN Counselor (1964-1968); Governor (1968-1980); King (1972)
•    Board of Directors member, American National Bank (1965-1984)
•    Board of Directors member, Skinner Macaroni company (1965-1979)
•    Board of Directors member and past chairman, Omaha Chamber of commerce (1965-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, St. Joseph Hospital (1968-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, Father Flanagan’s Boys Tome (now Boys and Girls Town) (1970-1988)
•    Board of Directors member, Central National Insurance company (1974-1980)
•    Board of Directors member, Lozier Corporation (1976-1984)
•    Board of Directors member, American Contract Bridge League, Unit 241 (1982-1986)
•    Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1940-1941)
•    1951 Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Omaha Junior Chamber of Commerce
•    First Mercian Medal Recipient, College of St. Mary’s, 1964
•    Received Lefty Gomez Silver Baseball Award, National collegiate Baseball Writers Association, 1968
•    1968 Service to Mankind Award recipient, Downtown Omaha Sertoma Club
•    1969 Department of the Treasury Award recipient
•    1971 Sports Award recipient, Omaha Sportscasters Association
•    1971 Americanism Citation for Meritorious Service, B’nai B’rith
•    1972 King of AK-SAR-BEN
•    1974 National Humanitarian Award recipient, City of Hope
•    1975 Governor’s Humanitarian Award recipient
•    1979 Brotherhood Award recipient, National Jewish Hospital
•    1982 Mid-America Council Boy Scouts of America Award recipient
•    1983 Alumni Achievement Citation, Creighton University
•    1995 Midlands Man of the Year (along with John D. Diesing, Jr.)
•    In honor of his dedication to the College World Series, the award for Most Outstanding Player was officially named the John D. Diesing, Sr. Award in 1999






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