Meet The Two Michigan Ross All-Stars Playing on Wolverine Baseball’s World Series Team


As the University of Michigan team thrills fans during its first College World Series appearance in 35 years, two Michigan Ross students are proving when it comes to baseball, they mean business.  

In the first game of the best-of-three national championship series on Monday, U-M’s first baseman and captain Jimmy Kerr, BSE ‘20 and Ross business minor student, notched his 15th home run of the season and seventh of the tournament to give Michigan major momentum and go one game up on Vanderbilt University. His co-captain and fellow Rosser Benjamin Keizer, MM ’19, has been a clutch closer, pitching 5.1 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the regional finals.

Kerr, who postponed an internship at Goldman Sachs to play in the College World Series, has baseball (and Ross) in his blood. His grandfather, John Kerr (BBA ’62/MBA ’63), played for the last U-M team to win the championship in 1962, and his father Derek Kerr, MBA ’91, was a member of Michigan’s last two College World Series teams in 1983 and 1984. Derek now serves as the CFO of American Airlines.

Keizer, who graduated from the College of Kinesiology with a degree in sports management before coming to Ross, also is not the first in his family to play for Michigan. His brother Jonathan played football at U-M from 2011-2014.

The Michigan baseball team takes on Vanderbilt for game two of the national championship series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. 

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