Rusty Gearhardt



Rusty Gearhardt






gearhardt-padres-photo1 Allen Russell “Rusty” Gerhardt is an American former professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in 23 games, 22 in relief, for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball in 1974. Gerhardt was named “Sandlot Player of the Year” by the National Baseball Congress in 1970[1] while attending Clemson University. He was selected by the Padres in the 12th round of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gerhardt stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).
In 35 ⅔ big-league innings pitched, Gerhardt allowed 44 hits and 17 bases on balls, with 22 strikeouts. He recorded one save and won two of his three decisions.
Gerhardt spent his entire nine-season active career (1972–1979; 1981) in the Padres’ organization. After it ended, he became a coach and manager in the farm systems of the Padres and the Texas Rangers. Since the mid-1990s he has been a scouting supervisor for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau based in North Texas and Louisiana.

  • Parkville HS grad, Baltimore, MD.
  • Clemson U grad B.A. Education
  • 4 Time All ACC Pitcher
  • 3 Time Clemson MVP
  • Sporting News All American
  • NCAA All American
  • Inducted Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Named to All Time 50th Anniversary All ACC Team.
  • National Baseball Congress Sandlot Player of the Year 1970 Wichita Ks, Leading Pitcher/All Tournament Team/ Tournament MVP.
  • Drafted by San Diego Padres 12th round
  • Pitched in ML for Padres.
  • Managed and coached for 12 years with Padres and Rangers.
  • Scouted for Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau last 27 years. MLB Scout Development Program Instructor 15 years.
  • USA Baseball ID Task Force Evaluator.