Clarence Jake Kline
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
Jake Kline was the head coach at the University of Notre Dame for 42 seasons from 1934 to 1975. He led the school to the College World Series in 1957. Kline compiled a 558-449-5 record with the Fighting Irish.
"Jake" Kline began his playing career for Notre Dame in 1915 and earned three monograms while hitting .300 each year and captaining the 1917 squad. He still shares the team record with three home runs in a game. Kline returned as the Irish freshman baseball coach in 1931, after spending time in World War I and in various baseball leagues.
In 1934, he became the school's 15th coach ... and the 16th would not be needed for another 42 seasons. Jake retired in 1975 at the age of 81, coaching in more than 1,000 games and winning 558. He was voted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968, and the former Cartier Field was renamed Jake Kline Field in 1975. Kline remained in touch with Irish baseball and was active in many Notre Dame functions until his death in 1989, at age 94.
When the Irish baseball team moved to Eck Stadium in 1994, Kline's name moved as well. The official title of the playing surface is Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium.