Ken Kendrick has been appointed to the board of directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a nonprofit educational institution.
Kendrick has served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ managing general partner since 2004, leading the franchise to three postseason appearances and one National League Championship Series berth during that time.
During his time as managing general director, Kendrick has led the D-backs’ efforts in hosting the All-Star game at Chase Field in 2011, opening a state-of-the-art spring training facility in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and becoming one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Phoenix area with charitable contributions topping $70 million since the organization’s inception.
A native of Princeton, W.Va., Kendrick is an alumnus of West Virginia University and sits on the board of directors for the WVU Foundation. He started his career with IBM, and three years later founded Datatel, Inc., which has become a world leader in the development of computer software for the management of infrastructure technology for colleges, universities and foundation.
He also owns Bumble Bee Ranch, which is devoted to providing Western lifestyle experiences to children’s charities throughout Arizona. He is active in many philanthropic endeavors, beginning with his role as chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. As a prostrate cancer survivor, Kendrick has supported research in that field over the years, and in 2013, the Cleveland Clinic created The Kendrick Family Chair for Prostate Cancer Research.
An avid baseball card collector his entire life, he owns the famed 1909 T206 Homus Wagner card that was once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky. The Wagner card and 34 other iconic and rare baseball cards in Kendrick’s collection, were previously displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and at Phoenix Art Museum.
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