A ceremony for the rededication of the facility will take place prior to the annual baseball alumni weekend's Jim Click Alumni Baseball Game.
Jan. 12, 2004
On Saturday, January 24 the University of Arizona Athletics Department will rename its baseball facility Frank Sancet Field after two of the greatest coaches in school history. In honor of the outstanding achievements of former coaches Frank Sancet and Jerry Kindall the Arizona baseball facility will be renamed Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
"This is an exciting time for Arizona Athletics," said Athletics Director Jim Livengood. "Both these coaches put Wildcat baseball on the map and each represented Arizona in the highest regard. The University and the Athletics Department can't think of a more fitting way to recognize everything that these men achieved here."
A ceremony for the rededication of the facility will take place prior to the annual baseball alumni weekend's Jim Click Alumni Baseball Game. At noon on Saturday, Jan. 24, family, friends, former players and the current coaches and players will take the field to honor the two coaches and rename the facility.
At its current location on the corners on Enke and National Championship Drives, the baseball facility was known as Wildcat Field from 1967 to 1985. During Arizona's national championship season of 1986 the facility was renamed Frank Sancet Field, a title it has carried until the rededication on Jan. 24 names it Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
Jim Click Alumni Baseball Game Information
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2004
Time: 12:00 pm - Dedication and 12:30PM - Game
Location: Frank Sancet Field
Jim Click Baseball Alumni Game - Alumni vs. Alumni for four innings
Jim Click Baseball Alumni Game - Alumni vs. 2004 Wildcats for three innings
Jerry Kindall's Bio
Coach 1973 - 1996
Arizona's all-time coaching leader in career wins on the baseball diamond upon his retirement, Jerry Kindall finished his 24 seasons at UA with an 860-580-6 record. A three-time national ABCA Coach of the Year, he guided the Wildcats to three national championships at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., including Arizona's first team title in school history in 1976.
His Wildcat teams won three Pacific-10 South titles, a Western Athletic Conference title, made 12 NCAA postseason appearances and advanced to the College World Series five times. His players garnered All-America recognition 34 times, first team all-Pac-10 South honors 44 times and all-WAC honors 27 times during his tenure at Arizona. Three of his players were named the College World Series MVP and four were tabbed as the Pac-10 South Player of the Year.
A total of 209 players who played for Coach Kindall at Arizona signed contracts to play professional baseball, including 32 who went on to play at the Major League level.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Kindall was the first person in NCAA history to win a baseball national championship as both a player and a coach. In addition to his three titles at Arizona, he played shortstop for the University of Minnesota on the 1956 team that defeated Frank Sancet's Arizona squad for the national championship.
Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1956, he spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in physical education from Minnesota.
|Coaching Record||860-580-6 (.597)/24 Seasons|
|National Titles||1976, 1980, 1986|
|College World Series Appearances ||1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986|
|Pacific-10 South Titles||1980, 1989, 1993|
|Pacific-10 South Coach of the Year||1980, 1989, 1992|
|The University of Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame||1996|
|University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame||1995|
|Pima County Sports Hall of Fame||1994|
|ABCA Lefty Gomez Award||1999|
|ABCA Hall of Fame||1991|
|ABCA National Coach of the Year||1976, 1980, 1986|
Frank Sancet's Bio
The man who built the Arizona program into a national power, Frank Sancet finished his 22-year tenure as head coach with an 831-282-8 record. Upon his retirement in 1972 his .744 winning percentage ranked as the best all-time in school history. He guided the Arizona program to a school record nine College World Series appearances in Omaha, Neb., and to the national championship title game three times.
His teams advanced to the NCAA postseason in 17 of the 22 years he was the coach and won nine district championships. He won four Western Athletic Conference South titles and finished second five times in the 10 seasons Arizona played in the conference under his direction.
During his 22 seasons on the bench, 39 players received All-America recognition, 32 were tabbed all-WAC South and eight were named to the all-College World Series team. A total of 66 of his players signed contracts to play professional baseball, of which 15 went on to play in the Major Leagues.
In addition to serving as UA's assistant and head baseball coach, he also was as an assistant coach for the football team, as well as the head coach for the freshman basketball team.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1907, Sancet moved to Arizona in 1915 and was an outstanding student-athlete for the Wildcats during his collegiate days lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from the University in 1933 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and received his master's in education from Northern Arizona in 1940.
|Coaching Record||831-282-8 (.744)/22 Seasons|
|College World Series Appearances||1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970|
|ABCA Hall of Fame||1972|
|The University of Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame||1976|
|Pima County Sports Hall of Fame||1991|
|WAC Titles||1963, 1966, 1968, 1970|