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Habe on the Horns: Garrido was so much more than a baseball coach

To Horns Illustrated's Steve Habel, the loss of former Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido had less to do with baseball than it did with the loss of a dear friend whose death impacted Texas athletics and college baseball alike (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — By now you’ve likely heard about the passing last Thursday of legendary Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido from complications of a stroke, and surely have read many of the tributes after his death from fans, former players, major league baseball legends and even many journalists who covered Coach Garrido through the years.

I was one of those reporters, and I want to tell you that I’m still really hurting. I can’t believe Coach Garrido is gone.

When I was informed of his death, I was in a restaurant in Chinatown in New York City, with my wife, my college-aged daughter and her life-long friend on a quick vacation. I had to excuse myself and take a few minutes

 

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .