Jerry Cawley is a 1961 graduate of Waseca High School and a 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Jerry is a multiple sport star in High school, earning nine letters, four in Baseball, three in football and two in basketball.
In football, Jerry was a co-captain his junior year and captain his senior year. In Jerry’s senior year, he was All-Conference and All-State, as well as Honorable Mention All-American. They won the conference title that fall by defeating a physically superior St. James team in the final game of the year by scoring a touchdown in the last two minutes of the game. They also came from behind to beat Blue Earth 14-12 in the Homecoming game that year.
In basketball the Bluejays won the District Championship his senior year when they were huge underdogs as they had no one starting that was over six feet tall.
The Bluejays also won a conference baseball championship when Jerry was a starter as a freshman.
Jerry was also academically inclined while in high school as he was a member of the National Honor Society, was the 1961 Waseca Science Award winner, was Waseca High School co-valedictorian and was the 1961 Waseca High School Student-Athlete Award winner.
After graduating from Waseca High School, Jerry attended the University of Minnesota where he played baseball for four years and was the starting third baseman for the Gophers as they won the 1964 NCAA National Championship in what legendary coach Dick Siebert has said early in the season was the worst looking team he had ever put on the field. They nearly didn’t get to go to postseason play as the University administration called a meeting to vote on whether they should be allowed to, as they put it, “waste everyone’s time” by going on play when they would have to miss finals. Good thing they voted to allow them to continue.
The following year, Jerry was the captain and starting catcher for the Gophers and that was the position he was drafted at by the Minnesota Twins in 1965. He played two years in their minor league system.
Today, Jerry lives in Brooklyn Park and is a majority owner of his own company, Interactive Cardinal. which provides software for book publishers.
Jerry and his wife, Sandy, who passed away this past August from mylodysplastic syndrome, raised four children, three girls, Christy, Cathy, and Lisa, and one boy, Steve, and they have five grandchildren.