Steven J. Kadison '66
Hometown: Evanston, IL
Year Inducted: 1978
Other Sports Played: Basketball
Steven J. Kadison '66 was an All-Ivy League baseball player in 1964, a year in which he had the league's second highest average at .392 and was 12th in the nation in hitting with an overall .408 average. As a senior in 1966, Captain Kadison was both All-Ivy and All-East. A versatile ball player, Kadison played third, shortstop, and posted an impressive 5-2 mark on the mound as a pitcher during his junior year. Never a power hitter, Kadison had the necessary bat control to hit the ball where it was pitched, sending sizzling line drives to all corners of Aldrich-Dexter Field. "I hit 'em low to keep the ball out of the wind currents," he used to kid. "Many athletes are versatile because they lack true ability at any one position," Coach Stan Ward says. "But Steve was a rare combination of versatility and ability. He was an accomplished baseball and basketball player, who also happened to be one of the real fine people I knew during my coaching period at Brown." Kadison played professional baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization, spending the 1966 and 1967 season at St. Cloud in the Northern League. A sound guard on Brown's basketball teams for three seasons, the 6-3, 190-pounder from Chicago had his biggest thrill on the court in 1966 when he threw in a 20-foot, turn-around jumper at the buzzer to knock off previously undefeated Springfield. Kadison was named Rhode Island Jewish Athlete of the Year in Rhode Island in 1966. Now a resident of Evanston, Ill., Kadison is a partner in the law firm of Kamenear, Kadison, and Anderson. He has one daughter, Kathy, 6.