Carson Kainer was a major part of Texas’ 2005 College World Series Championship. The Tomball native was a hitting machine in the Longhorns lineup, batting .312 with 3 home runs and 31 RBI, eventually helping UT win their last national title.
But it wasn’t an easy road getting to that stage. Kainer grew up with Congenital Kidney Disease, which would ultimately turn into End Stage Renal Disease by the time he graduated high school. By 2006 – and with 12% kidney function – Kainer needed a transplant. Ultimately, his father – Ron Kainer – would donate his.
After his surgery, Kainer was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 14th round. He played in the minor leagues from 2006 – 2010, and became the first professional baseball player to play after an organ transplant.
Nearly 10 years after helping the Longhorns win the National Title, Carson sat down with Brien Straw and Paul Gallant to tell the story. Take a listen to the interview below: