Here’s a brief piece from Baseball’s Winning Ways on one of today’s greatest baseball players:
Pitchers can be downright scary to bat against when they throw at 90+ miles-an-hour. Certainly, Randy Johnson fit that bill. When you have a dominant pitcher like Johnson on your team, it is a definite bonus! On days when Johnson pitched, thousands more fans would show up to see him.
Johnson was a left-handed pitcher who played from 1988 to 2009. Nicknamed “The Big Unit,” Johnson was 6-foot-10 inches tall and he threw a fastball that could exceed 100 miles per hour. The distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate is 60-feet-6 inches, but it must have seemed a lot closer when batters were up against the lanky pitcher. An All-Star 10 times, Johnson led the league in strikeouts nine times. In earned run average, winning percentage, and complete games, he led the league four times each. Johnson’s career record was 303–166 with 4,875 strikeouts. Johnson pitched two no-hitters including one that was a Perfect Game. The Big Unit was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Illustration from Bill Potter, Baseball’s Winning Ways, Copyright 2020, Sporting Chance Press
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