This Day In Sports History (May 18th) – Randy Johnson
It was on this day in 2004 that Randy Johnson became the 17th player in MLB history to pitch a perfect game. At age 40, Johnson became the oldest player to accomplish the feat.
Randy Johnson would strikeout 13 Atlanta Braves batters en route to his perfect game, which took place at Atlanta’s Turner Field. Johnson joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan and Hideo Nomo as the only men to pitch no -hitters in both the American League and National League. This was one of many career highlights for Johnson, as he was a 10-time All-Star, 5-time Cy Young winner and in 2001 he led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series Championship and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Randy Johnson was the prototypical power pitcher, standing 6’11” with a fastball that occasionally reached 100 miles per hour. However, as Dallas Braden proved a few years back, you do not need to be a power pitcher with a great fastball to pitch a perfect game.
Here is a look at the conclusion of Randy Johnson’s perfect game.
Reggie Jackson, MLB – Born May 18th 1946 (age 66) in Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Jari Kurri, NHL – Born May 18th 1960 (age 52) in Helsinki, Finland
Vince Young, NFL – Born May 18th 1983 (age 29) in Houston, Texas