Veteran Randy Brittain joins the Spirits (45+) Masters squad in his first season. A state of Texas product, Randy began his voyage in baseball at Denton High School, where he was a Varsity Letterman for 3 years. He was voted “Newcomer of the Year, 1977″ for District 5-5A. Brittain held the record for lowest ERA at Denton HS with an astounding 0.95 until 2010, when it was broken with a ERA of 0.91.
Randy spent time at Tyler Junior College in 1979 79 Tyler JC, before transferring to Midwestern State in 1980-81. He transferred again to North Texas and played Varsity baseball in 1984 before the school dropped the program in 1985. Brittain notes that if the Dallas Spirits chooses to drop their team, he will not be held responsible for it. He was also Letter award winner at both Midwestern State and North Texas. Randy held a college ERA of 3.11 and at one point faced Pete Incagvilia in 1984. He gave up a single, but was happy to refrain from being one of Incagvilia’s many home run victims. Randy tried out in both the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins camps in 1984, however he notes that no teams were looking for a 5’7” knuckle-baller.
Brittain was born in Irving, TX and is a Golf Professional by trade, employed at Stewart Peninsula Golf Club. He played golf in high school for 3 years, winning one tournament and later was offered baseball and golf scholarships. He enjoys the game of baseball and traveling to Phoenix, Arizona every year with Tony Davis and playing in the Baseball World Series, alongside golf and fishing. He currently lives in Denton and has been married 33 years to his wife, Lori, who travels and works internationally. His oldest son, Boston is a caddie on the PGA Tour, working with a former student of Brittain’s, Kelly Kraft. His second son, Jake is a chef at Bent Tree Country Club. He also has a 16 year old daughter at Denton High School.
Randy served 2 years in the Army ROTC and spent 2 years in the reserves after college. The Spirits are proud of his service. Randy intended on retiring this past season following a couple of small strokes, however he’s chosen to make 2016 his comeback year to check his level of play. He’s always been a very animated and talkative pitcher while on the mound, and earned his nickname after Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.
Nickname: “The Bird”