FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie High School graduate and current resident Randy Schafer was among eight new members inducted into the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame at the University of Toledo last weekend.
Schafer and the other inductees were introduced at halftime of both the men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday, after the official induction ceremony Friday night at Savage Arena at UT.
Schafer won four letters in baseball at Toledo from 1972 to 1975, earning first-team All Mid-American Conference and team MVP honors as a designated hitter in 1975.
A catcher and first baseman, Schafer served as team captain in 1975, leading the Rockets in home runs (4) in 1974 and batting average (.325). He became the second player in Rocket baseball history to collect more than 100 career base hits.
At the end of his career, he was UT’s all-time leader in hits (107), and ranked in the top three in seven other categories, including home runs (9), RBIs (57), doubles (18), triples (8) runs scored (59), walks (47) and total bases (171).
He went on to play professionally in the Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers farm systems until 1981.
After retiring from baseball, Schafer returned to his hometown of Fort Loramie and coached the high school baseball team for 15 years.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Shelby Oaks and as the vice president/secretary of the Schafer Oil Company, along with serving as a member of the Fort Loramie High School GYM Committee and Booster Club.
Schafer and his wife of 40 years, Kathleen, have three daughters who all graduated from Toledo, and seven grandchildren.