St. Bonaventure Athletics mourns the loss of baseball alumnus Anthony Randich, '09, who recently passed away.
Anthony Lawrence Randich left this earth on January 28, 2021, after a ten-year battle with brain cancer. He was born June 4, 1986, in Greeley Co., to Kim and Keith Randich and grew up in Rochester, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Taylor Whitley Randich, and daughter Charlie Grace Randich, sister Elizabeth (Alan) Roth, nephew Ty Roth, sister-in-law Jordan Whitley (Alex) Honbarger, brothers-in-law Davey (Yvonne) Whitley and Jason (Mallory) Whitley, niece Ellory Whitley, Uncles Lawrence (JessAnn) Randich and Michael Randich, Cousin Melissa (Steven) Podlecki, mother and father-in-law Jan and Davis Whitley, and Grandmother Lillian Randich. Son Everett Anthony Randich is scheduled to arrive Feb. 17, 2021.
Dr. Randich was a Hospice and Palliative Care Physician at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He was a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he was a member of the baseball team, and Lake Erie College of Medicine. He interned at Ohio Health O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, in Athens, Ohio, and completed a fellowship at Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Anthony was an exercise enthusiast. He was an avid CrossFit participant and built a gym for his family in his home. After his first operation in medical school, he organized a 1000-mile one-person bike ride from the Florida-Georgia state line to Key West and back to raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society. He loved surfing and bike riding.
His experience with his own post-operative treatments steered him from a career as an Army Captain doing emergency medicine to a civilian with a medical discharge specializing in hospice and palliative care. The scars he wore on the top of his head became the stripes he showed his new patients to let them know he sat in their chair and knew what they were experiencing.
At St. Bonaventure, he was an outstanding hitter. After transferring to SBU from Sante Fe Community College, he hit .348 while starting 39 of 41 games in 2008. He also hit five home runs and had 45 RBIs. As a senior in 2009, he started 44 of 45 games and hit .298 with four homers and 32 RBIs. After moving to Florida, he would make trips to Bonnies games each year during their annual spring trip.
"My remembrance of Doc was that he was a tremendous student, teammate, and hitter," St. Bonaventure baseball coach Larry Sudbrook said. "My favorite story is from a mid-week game where we let him go to class for a lab and, when he had a 15-minute break, he went down to the field, we pinch-hit him, he got a double, we pinch-ran him and he went back to class. That's when you know someone is a great hitter. All Bona Baseball alums are stunned and saddened by his loss."