Augie SchmidtBaseball Player
University of New Orleans
Augie Schmidt ascended to the top of the collegiate baseball world while at the University of New Orleans. In three seasons, Schmidt hit .342 with 30 home runs with a .613 slugging percentage while maintaining a 3.2 grade point average. In his junior season, he received the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s best player. In 1982, Schmidt batted .372 with 14 homers and 56 RBI’s while playing flawless shortstop for Ron Maestri’s Privateers. He helped lead UNO to three consecutive NCAA Regionals. He was named National Sports Foundation Amateur Athlete of the Year in Louisiana and was tabbed as the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in the Greater New Orleans area by the Nokia Sugar Bowl Committee.
Schmidt was instrumental in helping lead the United States National Team to its first Gold Medal in over a decade, being named MVP as the U.S. downed defending champion Cuba 6-5 at Santa Clara, Calif., in 1981.
Schmidt was a first round draft choice, the second player chosen overall, in the 1982 amateur baseball draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.