For nearly 40 years, Maurice "Augie" Agostini has served as a pillar of the Manteca sports community. He's been a tireless force at many levels of service: coach; volunteer worker; fund-raiser; board member; and always, as a sports fan. The ideals by which he’s lived his life - hard work, high energy, competition, sportsmanship, and compassion - have been passed on to hundreds of young athletes. When asked once why he contributed so much, he said simply, "I saw a need."
His public service and support have cut a wide swath. The City of Manteca, the city's youth baseball program, East Union High School, and even local golf have benefited from his countless hours of service. Years ago, East Union — which bestowed diplomas to all three of his children — recognized the contribution of arguably its first grass-roots backer by giving him a lifetime pass to all school sports events. The full measure of his impact was felt in the spring of 1996 when the East Union baseball field was named "Maurice Agostini Field".
Augie's service to the Manteca community includes the following: commissioner and chairperson for the Manteca Metro Recreation Commission(1968-l982); a founder of the East Union Lancer Boosters club; coached Youth Baseball teams for 15 years; and was active in forming the Ripon Golf Association in the early 1960's.
In 1982 Aggie was honored by the City of Manteca for his years of service and received the "Friends of Education" award for distinguished public service from the Manteca Educator's Association.