Jerry Kindall

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Jerry Kindall
Jerry Kindall - Chicago Cubs - 1961.jpg
Kindall in 1961
Second baseman
Born: (1935-05-27)May 27, 1935
St. Paul, Minnesota.
Died: December 24, 2017(2017-12-24) (aged 82)
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 1956, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1965, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.213
Home runs44
Runs batted in198

Gerald Donald Kindall (May 27, 1935 – December 24, 2017) was a professional baseball player who played second base in the major leagues from 1956 to 1965 for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. Kindall was originally signed up by the Chicago Cubs as a bonus baby.[1] No one since 1920 with at least 2,000 at-bats has a lower career batting average than Kindall's .213, but he did have above-average power for a second baseman.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

A former baseball coach of the NCAA's Arizona Wildcats, Kindall is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the author of Baseball: Play the Winning Way and co-editor of The Baseball Coaching Bible.[3] Jerry Kindall also led Arizona to three College World Series titles.[4] The University of Arizona's former baseball field, Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium, is named in honor of Kindall and Frank Sancet.[5]


Jerry Kindall broadcast NCAA Tournament baseball games on television, and his talents as a storyteller and analyst were famous.[6]


Kindall was hospitalized on December 21, 2017, after suffering a major stroke in Tucson, Arizona.[7] He died three days later, at the age of 82.[8]

Noteworthy facts[edit]

Jerry Kindall was the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach.[9] He is also the only batter to hit for the cycle in the history of the College World Series. While with the Chicago Cubs, Kindall coined the phrase “Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field”.[10]


  1. ^ "Jerry Kindall Stats -".
  2. ^ Snyder, John (2010). Twins Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Minnesota Twins Since 1961. Cincinnati, Ohio: Clerisy Press. p. 39. ISBN 1-57860-380-3.
  3. ^ Kindall, Jerry (2000). The Baseball Coaching Bible. Human Kinetics. p. 384. ISBN 9780736001618.
  4. ^ "Ex-Wildcats coach enters Hall of Fame". Tucson Citizen. Associated Press. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Sancet Field Renamed Jerry Kindall Field At Frank Sancet Stadium". CSTV. CBS Sports Network. 12 January 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  6. ^ December 24, 2017
  7. ^ Star, Arizona Daily. "Jerry Kindall, who won three national titles at Arizona in Hall of Fame career, dies at 82".
  8. ^ "Legendary former UA baseball coach Jerry Kindall dies after stroke". December 24, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  9. ^ USA Today December 24, 2017
  10. ^ Chicago Tribune December 24, 2017

External links[edit]

External video
KGUN9 News at, December 24, 2017 – Jerry Kindall