KENNETH G. CAMINITI, 41, loving father, son, brother, uncle, friend and teammate passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2004. He was born on April 21, 1963 in Hanford, California to Yvonne and Lee Caminiti. Ken is survived by his daughters Kendall, Lindsey and Nicole; mother of his children Nancy; his parents; brother Glenn and wife Debbie; sister Carrie and husband Jasper; grandmother Mary Caminiti; many nieces, nephews, and special friends. Ken was a graduate of Leigh High School in San Jose, California where he excelled in baseball and football. He attended San Jose State University where he was an All-American baseball player. Ken was drafted in 1984 by the Houston Astros. He played his first Major League Baseball game in July 1987. He went on to play 14 years in the majors where he earned the nickname "The Gun." Teams which benefited by his intense play and dedication included the Astros, Padres, Rangers and Braves. Ken was a three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove third baseman and was the 1996 unanimous National League MVP. Ken was highly regarded by those who played with him as the "ultimate teammate." He also had a passion for outdoor sports including hunting, fishing and cars. Above all, Ken adored his three beautiful daughters and Nancy. Those who knew him loved him for his HEART OF GOLD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Right Step Foundation, 3709 Montrose, Houston, Texas 77006.
Published in Houston Chronicle on October 13, 2004