For nearly 70 years, John W. “Jack” Kaiser ’49C has been a
prominent figure in St. John’s athletics. And at the Sixth Annual
Baseball Bullpen Winter Banquet, the University honored him for his
The event drew a record crowd of nearly 300 alumni and friends and
raised over $40,000 for the Baseball Program.
“We had a record attendance this year thanks to the outpouring of
support from so many wonderful alumni, family and friends of the
program,” said Kaiser.
“This event continues to grow and it is the people that make for
such a special evening each year."
A former St. John’s studentathlete and current Athletic Director
Emeritus, Kaiser captained the Baseball team to its first-ever
College World Series in 1949 before embarking on an 18-year career
as Head Coach that included three trips to the College World Series
and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I was certainly very humbled and thankful,” added Kaiser.
“Everything I've accomplished can be attributed to the
Vincentian Fathers, St. John's University, my colleagues and all of
my players throughout the years.”
Numerous Hall of Famers were in attendance to show their support
for Kaiser and the St. John's Baseball program, including Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Lou Carnesecca ’50C, ’60GEd,
’00HON, Chris Mullin ’98CBA and Gene Keady and former St. John's
pitcher, four-time MLB All-Star and soon-to-be New York Mets Hall
of Fame inductee John Franco.
Two-time World Series Champion Terry Francona served as guest
speaker, delivering a motivational and entertaining speech.
“It's just fun to talk about baseball with people that like
baseball,” said Francona. “You want people to learn something when
you speak at an event like this, but also enjoy themselves and
share a laugh or two.”