Tom has been involved in virtually every facet of the game since starting his career in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1976 as the Business Manager of the Berkshire Brewers in the Eastern League. When the Pittsfield club moved the next season to Holyoke, Mass., Kayser became one of the youngest general managers in Minor League Baseball at 24 years old. Three years later, Kayser become one of the youngest Minor League team owners when he purchased the Holyoke club two days prior to the 1980 season.
A 1974 graduate of Point Park College in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications, Kayser returned to Pittsburgh in the fall of 1981 as Assistant Minor League Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he worked for Branch B. Rickey, currently the President of the Pacific Coast League.
Prior to his election as the President of the Texas League in February 1992, Kayser also worked as the Assistant Director of Minor Leagues and Scouting for the Cincinnati Reds (1988); Director of Baseball Operations for Calgary Cannons of the Pacific Coast League (1989); General Manager of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association (1991-92); and as a special consultant to the Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional League (1990).
The 2012 season will be Kayser's 21st as the President of the Texas League. His tenure is the second longest in league history, surpassed only by J. Alvin Gardner, who led the loop from late 1929 through 1954, a span of 25 seasons, three of which were inactive due to World War II.
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