Little League® International remembers former college baseball manager, and ESPN television personality, Augie Garrido. He was 79.
Mr. Garrido won five national championships in 48 years coaching collegiate baseball. He came to prominence as head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns baseball program. Following his retirement, he joined the ESPN Family of Network’s coverage on the Longhorn Network, including providing color commentary for the Little League Baseball® Southwest Region Tournament in Waco, Texas.
“College baseball has lost an icon, and Little League has lost a friend,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “On ESPN, Augie Garrido shared his insights with Little Leaguers and fans across Texas and across Little League’s Southwestern Region. Through decades in the dugout, and years behind the microphone, he impacted generations of players by emphasizing the role the sport of baseball can play in teaching character, sportsmanship, and personal pride. He will be missed.”
Mr. Garrido won more games (1,975) than any other coach in college baseball, leading two schools (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) to national titles over four decades. His teams also made 15 appearances in the College World Series and won 25 conference titles.