Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back at Major League Baseball’s Big Unit.
At 6’10” and 230 lbs. MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson personified the Big Unit name given him during his rookie season in Montreal.
When astonished teammate Tim Raines first saw Johnson pitch, he shouted, “Wow, that’s one Big Unit!”
During his 21-year career with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Giants and Expos, Johnson’s physical size and on field performance towered above all other Major League Baseball pitchers.
Hitters facing Johnson feared his blazing 100 mph fastball and hard, wicked slider. Both pitches were instrumental in his leading the majors in strikeouts nine times and overall ERA four times.
A ten-time MLB all-star and five-time Cy Young Award winner, the dominating lefty retired in 2009 as one of the most decorated pitchers in baseball history. In addition to winning a World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Big Unit was named Co-MVP of the series with his Diamondbacks’ teammate Curt Schilling.
Other career accomplishments include the perfect game Johnson tossed on May 18, 2004 against the Atlanta Braves. He also claims a no-hitter that he pitched on June 2, 1990 versus the Detroit Tigers.
Johnson’s fabulous pitching career became even more impressive. This non-performance enhanced fire-baller dominated from the mound during the infamous Major League Baseball era which was sullied by widespread steroid usage.
This big time baseball talent finished his pitching days with 300+ career wins. He ranks second in career strikeouts and holds the record for baseball’s best ever strikeouts per innings pitched.
No Cooperstown voter came close to whiffing when electing Randy Johnson as a first time Hall of Fame ballot selection in 2015.
A well-deserved big honor for this Big Unit!
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