Cahill: Longtime Arizona coach Jerry Kindall dies

From Teddy Cahill at Baseball America on December 24, 2017:

Jerry Kindall, the first person to win a College World Series title as a player and a coach, died Sunday after suffering a stroke. He was 82.

Kindall had an extraordinary career in baseball that spanned several decades and levels of baseball. He was the starting shortstop on the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ 1956 national championship team, played for the Minnesota Twins’ 1965 pennant winning team and coached the Arizona Wildcats to three national championships.

In a statement, Arizona coach Jay Johnson said it was a sad day for the program.

“Jerry Kindall is one of the greatest college baseball coaches of all time, but he was much more than that,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there is anyone that was held in higher regard for the person that they were as Coach Kindall was. He was almost a larger than life person, and when you talk about being an elite coach, and more importantly, an elite person, he was and will continue to be the standard.”

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Originally published: December 28, 2017. Last Updated: December 28, 2017.