Is Oklahoma infielder Jackson Nicklaus related to Jack Nicklaus?
Oklahoma is on the biggest stage in college baseball this weekend as it plays in the College World Series finals against Ole Miss. One player getting his first look at that stage is utility infielder Jackson Nicklaus, a freshman who started Game 1 of the best-of-three series at second base.
Nicklaus has put together a strong 2022 campaign, batting .288 with 11 home runs heading into Saturday's opener. But one of the persistent questions around the Overland Park, Kan., native — and likely one that has followed him throughout his life is this: Is he related to legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus?
In a word: No. Jackson is not related to the 18-time major winner. At least not in any discernible way.
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Jackson Nicklaus has already made his mark on this year's College World Series. He hit just the third grand slam in the CWS since it moved to Omaha's Charles Schwab Field in 2011, in Oklahoma's game against Texas A&M.
💥💥💥💥JACKSON NICKLAUS GRAND SLAM 💣‼️📺 @ESPN | @OU_Baseball pic.twitter.com/W5FvZrJrIB— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference)
Although Nicklaus may not have Jack Nicklaus' blood, he has built up a championship pedigree of his own. He won a pair of state championships at Blue Valley High School in Kansas, in 2018 and 2021.
Oklahoma (45-22) is looking to put an exclamation point on a very impressive postseason run.
The Sooners are seeking the third College World Series title in program history and their first since 1994. They're led by superstar infielder Peyton Graham, who has MLB ambitions. Nicklaus has begun to generate early-round buzz himself, according to ESPN's Kiley McDaniel.
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