Kindall remembered

Kindall remembered
(Cover photo courtesy: FCA Baseball).
(Cover photo courtesy: FCA Baseball).

TUCSON, AZ - Hundreds turned out at the Victory Worship Center in Tucson on Thursday afternoon to remember Arizona baseball coaching legend Jerry Kindall.

Kindall passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 82 due to complications from a stroke.

The Minneapolis-native spent 24 years as the head coach at Arizona (1973-96). He guided the Wildcats to three national championships, including UA's first-ever team championship in any sport in 1976, and he holds the all-time wins record with an 860-579-7 coaching mark in Tucson.

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Kindall was the first person to ever win a College World Series title as both a player and a head coach.

He was a member of Minnesota's 1956 College World Series team that defeated Arizona for the National Championship.

His players tallied 34 first-team All-America honors, while 71 Wildcats earned all-conference recognition. A total of 209 players under Kindall signed professional baseball contracts, including 32 who went on to play in the Major Leagues.

Kindall, who graduated from Minnesota, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, Indians and the Minnesota Twins.

You can read more about Kindall including tributes from coaches and colleagues over at

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David Kelly contributed to this story.