July 5, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. --- Former Fresno State baseball star Augie Garrido was inducted into the inaugural class of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Prior to the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, Garrido, Rod Dedeaux, Bob Horner, Brooks Kieschnick, Robin Ventura and Dave Winfield were officially inducted into the Class of 2013. The group, was recognized on the field in front of more than 20,000 people at the College Home Run Derby.
Graduating from Fresno State in 1961, Garrido played three seasons for the Bulldogs and earned all-conference recognition while also taking part in the 1959 College World Series. To salute his efforts at the school, Garrido, who remains one of only 11 men ever to both play and coach in the CWS, was inducted into the Fresno State Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named the recipient of the school's Top Dog Award in 2002 as its Alumnus of the Year in athletics. He was also named to the College World Series Legends Team, as part of the recognition of the final Series in Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.
Upon graduating, Garrido signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians and played six years in their minor league system before retiring in 1966 to accept a coaching position at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif.
Garrido, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history, is the first coach to lead teams from two different schools to National Championships (Cal State Fullerton & Texas) and guide squads to titles in four different decades. He is one of only three coaches in history to win five or more NCAA titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005). Additionally, Garrido has earned 14 trips to the College World Series and 31 NCAA Regional Championship appearances while garnering National Coach of the Year honors six times (1975, 1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005) and conference coach of the year distinctions eight times after leading his clubs to 25 league crowns.
In CWS history, he ranks fourth and sixth, respectively, in victories (38) and winning percentage (.655; 38-20), as well as fifth in both series games (58) and appearances (14) among coaches.
Garrido is the first coach in Division I baseball history to tally 1,700 or more career victories. He is one of only two Division I coaches to ever win 500 or more games at two different schools and the only coach to ever win 600 or more games at two different schools. His overall record after 45 years of college coaching currently stands at 1,874-871-9 (.682), which translates into an average of over 41 victories per season.
The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame has been established to celebrate college baseball's rich history by recognizing legends who have made their mark in Omaha. Inductees into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame were selected because of their outstanding contributions to college baseball, specifically through extraordinary performances on the game's biggest stage: in Omaha. Finalists and winners were selected by a committee comprised of college baseball experts.
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