It was a real tribute to the coach that not only brought the program its first national title, but brought the UA its first title. Over 80 former players were on hand to pay tribute to the coach that not only maintained a high level at the UA, he took it to higher levels.
"This is the highest level in baseball that I have been bestowed," Kindall said.
Some of the notables on hand included: Eddie Leon, Ron Hassey, Chip Hale, Gil Heredia, Jack Howell, Alan Zinter, George Arias and Brian Anderson.
Possibly the biggest name in attendance was new Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Francona has the unenviable task of trying to get Boston its first World Series since before the Great Depression. Today he did not want to talk about coaching the likes of Pedro Martinez or Curt Schilling, he wanted to honor his old college coach.
"He was and is the ultimate role model," Francona said. "He taught us to treat the game right and to treat people right."