Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A 9-to-5 desk job was never in the works for ex-Arizona Wildcat baseball coach Jerry Kindall.
Kindall, who was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, said he feels fortunate never to have had a "real job."
"I've coached or played all my life," said Kindall, 72, "and I have been surrounded by terrific people."
The late Jim Brock, who led Arizona State to two College World Series titles and coached Barry Bonds in college, was also inducted. Other coaches honored were Chuck "Bobo" Brayton (Washington State), the late Bibb Falk (Texas) and the late Dick Siebert (Minnesota).
Players named to the hall's second class include Jim Abbott (Michigan), Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State), Fred Lynn (Southern California), John Olerud (Washington State), Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) and Derek Tatsuno (Hawaii).
Kindall won one national championship as a player at Minnesota and added three more (1976, 1980 and 1986) during his 24 years as UA's coach. He won 861 games with the Wildcats and was three times named the national coach of the year.
Kindall was inducted into the Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 and the University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. In January of 2004 Arizona renamed its baseball facility Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. The UA held a ceremony earlier this year during the colege baseball season at the ballpark in his honor.