“I am honored and humbled to be recognized and part of the elite athletes that have come from our hometown. Growing up in Rancho Cordova and being selected to the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame is an overwhelming honor for me. I will cherish this forever.”
Major League Baseball
High School: Cordova
* MLB Career: 12 Years (Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Montreal, San Francisco)
* World Series Champion (1980)
* Career Pitching Record: 60-64
* 507 Career Strikeouts
Randy was one of the most dominant high school pitchers the Sacrament area has ever seen. A graduate of Cordova High School, Randy was 6’5” and was an intimidating force with a blazing fastball. He is one of several Sacramento Sports Hall of Famers (Jerry Manuel, Chris Bosio and Geoff Jenkins) who have come out of Rancho Cordova.
Lerch was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies as an eighth round draft pick in 1973. After a dominant and brief career in the minors he quickly made his up to the big leagues. He made his major league debut in 1975 and was an immediate contributor for the Phillies championship teams. He had a very rare accomplishment for a pitcher as he hit two home runs in a game in 1978 that clinched the National League East Division title for the Phillies. He was part of the 1980 World Series Championship team along with fellow Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Larry Bowa.
Randy played a total of 12 major league seasons with a record of 60-64 compiling 507 strikeouts and a career Earned Run Average of 4.53. He was one of the best hitting pitchers during his era in Major League Baseball.
In 2019, he published his 256-page autobiography, "God in the Bullpen.” detailing his remarkable redemption story of battling Alcohol and Drug addiction. Randy has been sober for over three years and is a humble and compelling person. He currently lives in El Dorado Hills and is considered one of the top pitchers to come from Sacramento.