A former Major League Baseball star has just died after suffering from complications due to a stroke. Jerry kindle passed away at the age of 82.
Kindall was both a player and a coach at the University of Arizona. He was also the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach.
"This is a sad day for Arizona baseball," current Wildcats coach Jay Johnson said. "Jerry Kindall is one of the greatest college baseball coaches of all-time, but he was much more than that. I don't think there is anyone that was held in higher regard for the person that they were as Coach Kindall was. He was almost a larger-than-life person, and when you talk about being an elite coach, and more importantly, an elite person, he was and will continue to be the standard. I am honored to be a part of the program that Coach made so great for so long."
Fans and other players reached out on social media to talk about the amazing life Kindall had and to praise him for his work on the field and off.
"Some people talk the talk. He walked the walk," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, a member of the 1980 championship team. "He lived his life just like you're supposed to. It's easy to say things, but he lived it.
"Saddened and stunned to hear of the passing of Jerry Kindall,'' former Twins teammate Jim Kaat tweeted. "A friend. A wonderful teammate. A gentle and kind man of deep Christian faith. And a coach that impacted many lives. A life well lived.''
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