St. John's Hosts 20th Annual Jack Kaiser Golf Classic|
July 25, 2017
The evening, which generated funds for Red Storm Baseball, brought together more than five decades of St. John's alumni for golf and dinner while honoring the contributions of a few distinguished former Johnnies.
Ralph Addonizio and Frank Palmieri, both of whom were members of the 1966 and 1968 College World Series squads, were presented with the Coach Jack Kaiser Baseball Advocate Award. The highest honor that the St. John's baseball program bestows upon an alumnus, friend, benefactor, parent, coach or fan, the award is presented to an individual that possesses the same characteristics as Coach Kaiser: loyalty, dedication, hard work and exceptional support of the baseball program.
In addition, the 1991 Redmen squad, just the second St. John's team to claim a BIG EAST Regular Season Championship, was recognized with several members on hand for the celebration.
"It's an honor to follow in the tradition of Jack Kaiser and Joe Russo to be your coach," Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer told the assembled crowd just prior to the start of dinner. "I'm honored just because I understand what it is to be a St. John's person and a St. John's coach and it's truly a dream come true and a godsend. For everybody in this room that has played in this program, I cherish the pride you have in the program and I'm certainly honored to be your coach."
"Just the alumni, I can't thank you enough," Blankmeyer continued. "I know how proud you are of this program, and I talk to my guys all the time about this, how you truly embody the program and cherish the program. I make sure they know that when we go on the ball field, we're representing you guys."
After the night's program honoring Addonizio, Palmieri and the 1991 BIG EAST Regular Season Championship team, Kaiser stepped to the podium.
"I want to say thank you to Mary Pat Beirne, Annemarie Carey and all the people that have made this night possible," began Kaiser. "I want to emphasize that everyone in this room is a quality person. That's why they're here. They feel that there's somewhat of an obligation to come and I think that you should know that the University, and especially me, feel that we have an obligation to you and it will last until we go and meet our maker."