Arizona State coach Bill Kajikawa dies at 97

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William (Bill) “Kaji” Kajikawa, a legendary former football, basketball and baseball coach at Arizona State, passed away Monday at 97.

Kajikawa, who began his coaching career at Arizona State in 1937 and retired from ASU in 1978, was honored April 6, 1995, in a ceremony that named the Sun Devil football practice field The Bill Kajikawa Practice Facility.

Kajikawa served as head basketball coach from 1948-57, and he was head coach of ASU’s club baseball team from 1947-57.

He was inducted into the Arizona Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968 and the ASU Hall of Distinction in 1982.

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