Kessinger, 68, is the president of a real estate company in Oxford, Miss.
After a 16-year Major League Baseball career, Kessinger coached the University of Mississippi baseball team for six seasons. Ole Miss is his alma mater.
But it was in Chicago where Kessinger made his mark. Kessinger was an All-Star shortstop and the staple of the Cubs' infield defense in the '60s and '70s. He won Gold Gloves in 1969 and 1970.
Kessinger was known mostly for his defense. A six-time Gold Glove winner, Kessinger went 54 games without an error, setting the standard for shortstops. In three different seasons with the Cubs, Kessinger turned more than 100 double plays.
Kessinger was part of the 1969 Cubs team that held a nine-game lead over the New York Mets in August, only to finish second. The Mets would earn the nickname "Miracle Mets" and stun the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series.
Kessinger retired after 16 seasons, including brief stints with two rivals — the division rival St. Louis Cardinals and the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox.
In2,078 games, Kessinger had 1,931 hits with a .252 batting average.