The Arizona baseball program will honor legendary Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall, who passed away in December at the age of 82, with a black No. 9 patch on the left sleeve of their jerseys and displayed a “JK” sticker on the back of their batting helmets.
Kindall coached the Wildcats 24 seasons and captured three national championships while winning 860 games.
The Wildcats open the season tomorrow with the start of a three-game series against Bryant at Hi Corbett Field. A large No. 9 sign that replicates the patch on the jersey will hang at Hi Corbett Field above the Wall of Intimidation in right-center field.
“Arizona Baseball is a special program because of Coach Kindall,” coach Jay Johnson said on ArizonaWildcats.com. “Not only is coach one of the elite coaches in the history of college baseball, he was a Hall of Fame person, and set the bar in terms of class, character and integrity. We will do everything possible to honor Coach in how we represent Arizona Baseball both on and off the field.”
Kindall’s seat at Hi Corbett — in which he had season tickets — is painted red with the No. 9. The seat will remain empty for the 2018 season. Pictures of Kindall and various memorabilia will also be displayed inside a glass case in the Hi Corbett concourse near the front entrance.
A moment of silence to remember Kindall will take place prior to Friday’s game.
Several members of Kindall’s former teams, including players and coaches, will return to Hi Corbett on April 21 to honor the late coach.
Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.