TUCSON — Jerry Kindall, the first man to win College World Series titles as both a player and a head coach, died on Sunday night. He was 82.
The University of Arizona said Mr. Kindall died of complications from a stroke he suffered Thursday.
Mr. Kindall coached Arizona to national titles in 1976, 1980, and 1986 after starring at shortstop on the University of Minnesota’s 1956 championship team. He spent nine seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins.
‘‘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.
‘‘In a nutshell, he taught us not only to respect the game of baseball, but respect the people in the game. That was the most valuable lesson any of us learned. He taught us how to act and treat people.’’
Mr. Kindall coached the Wildcats from 1973 to 1996, finishing as the school’s career victory leader with an 860-579-7 record.
‘‘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.’’
Mike Gillespie is the only other man to win titles as a player and coach. He won as a player at Southern California in 1961 and as the Trojans’ coach in 1998.
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