The Class of 2007, just the second to be elected to the hall, includes Kindall, his collegiate coach at Minnesota Dick Siebert, Kindall’s long-time rival at Arizona State Jim Brock, Chuck “Bobo” Brayton from
“I’m thrilled to be included with a number of legendary coaches and players,” Kindall said. “I’m truly humbled by the great honor and touched to be going into the Hall of Fame with my college coach Dick Siebert, from whom I learned everything about baseball, as well as my good friend Jim Brock.”
Kindall, who was a member of
A three-time national coach of the year, Kindall won three Pac-10 titles and a WAC pennant at
His players garnered 34 first team All-America honors during his time at UA and a total of 71 were feted with 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 coached three College World Series MVPs, four Pac-10 South Players of the Year and he guided current Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona to the 1980 Golden Spikes Award, which is presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player.
Kindall, who graduated from
Kindall was inducted into the Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 and the
“I’m very happy for Coach Kindall and he is very deserving of this great honor,” current
Kindall, who retired as the Wildcats’ skipper in 1996, and his wife, Diane, still call