Rummel High School
Larry Schneider was never overly concerned with records; and that attitude may have contributed to his baseball teams compiling some enviable ones. The longtime Rummel coach never maintained an all-time won-loss record in his 24 years of coaching, but it is estimated that his high school and American Legion teams combined to capture more than 1,000 games. Using some school and personal records, it is believed that Schneider finished with an approximate high school mark of 424-192 and a Legion mark of 607-158.
While his exact records may not be available, other impressive achievements are easily verified.
While coaching Rummel High School from 1972-95, he guided the Raiders to four state baseball championships in 1974 (19-0), 1981 (22-4), 1987 (22-4) and 1989 (24-6) at the highest classification while also reaching the finals three other times.
His 1974 team completed an undefeated 19-0 season and won the title game 8-0 against Broadmoor on a no-hitter by Ricky Zibilich. Rummel claimed its other three state titles by scores of 14-4 against Lafayette in 1981, 10-7 against Holy Cross in 1987 and 10-1 against Airline in 1989.
Rummel reached the state playoffs 12 times in 24 seasons and reached the state tournament 10 times, while also collecting six Catholic League championships (1973, 74, 80, 87, 90 and 94).
In American Legion action, Schneider proved to be equally successful as his Rummel-based Schaff Brothers won state and Mid-South Regional Championships in 1974 and 1976 and advanced to the American Legion World Series in Roseburg, Ore., and Manchester, N.H., finishing fourth in the nation each time. The 1974 team, which compiled a 31-4 record, had four pitchers and eight fielders either sign with a college or enter into minor-league baseball.
Schaff Brothers also won state championships in 1987 and 1993 and reached the Mid-South Regional final in 1987 at UNO.
A tribute to the ability of a coach is often the quality of players produced and Schneider coached many greats. In addition to Zibilich, Schneider products include pitcher Vince DeGrouttola, pitcher Kenny Francingues and right-fielder Gus Malespin, the Legion Player of the Year in 1976, as well as two-time All-State MVP Brad Burckel, a shortstop-pitcher in 1989-’90.
A 1963 graduate of Jesuit High School, Schneider played third base and outfield for the Blue Jays, twice earning all-district honors.
He went on to start at third base for three seasons at Tulane from 1965-67, playing two years for fellow Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Milt Retif.