Minnesota claimed the 2008 Dairy Queen Classic title, edging a field that included Pepperdine, Tulane and TCU.
Dairy Queen heads into its 10th year as the title sponsor of the University’s annual spring baseball tournament which is held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. This year, Minnesota hosts Nebraska, New Mexico State and West Virginia
The Dairy Queen Classic, which was established in 1985, celebrates its 28th anniversary in 2012 and is considered one of the most respected collegiate tournaments in the country. It consistently brings the top teams in the country to the Twin Cities and provides them with the opportunity to display their talents in a major league facility. The tournament has received outstanding support from the Twin Cities corporate community through sponsorship. Companies like General Mills, Pillsbury, Hormel Foods and Oscar Mayer have played a big part in the growth and success of the event. The tournament has grown considerably in many ways since its inception, and that growth would not have been possible without the support of its sponsors.
In past years, the event has featured an annual on-field clinic for youths ages 7 to 17 and their coaches. The clinic has been conducted by the coaches and players participating in the competition. A very popular part of the tournament in the past, it provides an opportunity for today’s college stars to give something back to the community.
Though Dairy Queen is the lead sponsor of the tournament, organizations like the The Depot-Minneapolis, Rawlings Baseballs and the Dugout Club help make the Dairy Queen Classic possible each year.
• The Dairy Queen Classic is in its 28th year and is one of the longest running tournaments in the nation.
• Nine teams from the Dairy Queen Classic have gone on to compete in the College World Series.
• The Dairy Queen Classic teams have produced 145 Major League players.
• The 1987 Dairy Queen Classic featured one of the few appearances by a Cuban team in the United States.
• The 1989 Dairy Queen Classic featured one of the first televised regular-season college baseball games on ESPN.
• Nine of the top 20 coaches in all-time wins have coached in the Dairy Queen Classic. Between the collection of coaches who have been in the tournament they have won 20 College World Series titles.