Toby Greene (baseball)

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Toby Greene
Biographical details
Born(1899-03-29)March 29, 1899
Humphrey, Missouri, U.S.
DiedOctober 3, 1967(1967-10-03) (aged 68)
Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma mater Phillips (1924)
Playing career
c. 1920 Phillips
c. 1920 Phillips
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1926Bartlesville HS (OK) (assistant)
1927–1928 Phillips (assistant)
1929–1932 Phillips
1933–1934 Oklahoma City (assistant)
1935–1937 Oklahoma City
1939–? Oklahoma State (assistant)
1933–1936 Oklahoma City
1942–1964 Oklahoma State
Head coaching record
Overall22–36–4 (college football)
18–26 (college basketball)
318–132 (college baseball)

Theodore Elwood "Toby" Greene (March 29, 1899 – October 2, 1967) was an American college baseball coach, most notable for leading the Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball team to the national championship in the 1959 College World Series. [1] [2] [3]


Early life

Greene was born in 1899 at Humphrey, in Sullivan County, Missouri but moved with his parents to Thomas, Oklahoma in 1902. He enrolled at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in 1918, where he enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps, a World War I program. Greene later became a multi-sport athlete, excelling in baseball and football for the Haymakers. He graduated from Phillips in 1924 after playing alongside future New York Giants coach Steve Owen. [2] [4]

Coaching career

Greene began his coaching career in 1924 as a baseball coach at Sayre High School in Sayre, Oklahoma. He remained there for two years before moving to Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for one year. He then became all-sports coach at Phillips. [2] [4]

Greene later coached at Oklahoma City University before becoming a football assistant at Oklahoma A&M in 1939. In 1942, he added head baseball coach to his duties. Greene coached the team for 22 seasons, only one of which saw a record below .500. Greene earned seven district championships and eight conference titles to go with his national championship in 1959. [2]


Greene died on October 3, 1967, at his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. [5] [6]

Head coaching record

College football

Phillips Haymakers (Big Four Conference)(1929–1932)
1929 Phillips4–4–31–3–14th
1930 Phillips6–31–23rd
1931 Phillips1–50–34th
1932 Phillips3–70–34th
Oklahoma City Goldbugs (Independent)(1935–1937)
1935 Oklahoma City3–4–1
1936 Oklahoma City4–4
1937 Oklahoma City1–9
Oklahoma City:8–17–1

College basketball

Statistics overview
Oklahoma City Goldbugs (Independent)(1932–1935)
1932–33Oklahoma City 1–11
1933–34Oklahoma City 8–8
1934–35Oklahoma City 9–7
Oklahoma City:18–26 (.409)
Total:18–26 (.409)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

College baseball

The following table depicts Greene's record as a head coach. [7]

Statistics overview
Oklahoma A&M Cowboys (Missouri Valley Conference)(1942–1956)
1942 Oklahoma A&M 6–5
1943 Oklahoma A&M 4–3
1946 Oklahoma A&M 15–2
1947 Oklahoma A&M 11–511–51stDistrict Playoffs
1948 Oklahoma A&M 20–620–61st Western Playoff
1949 Oklahoma A&M 22–65–01st Region C Playoff
1950 Oklahoma A&M 15–76–32nd
1951 Oklahoma A&M 9–82–45th
1952 Oklahoma A&M 15–55–22nd
1953 Oklahoma A&M 13–44–2T-2nd
1954 Oklahoma A&M 18–118–11st CWS
1955 Oklahoma A&M 27–38–01st CWS
1956 Oklahoma A&M 11–107–22nd
Oklahoma A&M (MVC):186–7576–25
Oklahoma A&M/State Cowboys (Big Eight Conference)(1957–1964)
1957 Oklahoma A&M 12–37–22nd
1958 Oklahoma State 17–613–52nd
1959 Oklahoma State 27–517–31st CWS Champions
1960 Oklahoma State 17–712–41st CWS
1961 Oklahoma State 27–318–11st CWS
1962 Oklahoma State 11–910–62nd
1963 Oklahoma State 15–1012–95th
1964 Oklahoma State 6–144–127th
Oklahoma State (Big 8):132–5793–42

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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