Happy 10th Anniversary: Randy Johnson, 40, throws perfect game
On May 18, 2004, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a perfect game.
As we all know, a perfect game is when a starting pitcher records 27 outs in 27 batters faced with nary an opposing player reaching first base -- even via error. It has only happened 23 times in MLB history, including the postseason.
The oldest pitcher to do so was Randy Johnson, who accomplished the impressive feat at the ripe old age of 40 years young. He did so exactly 10 years ago Sunday.
Here's the footage from May 18, 2004:
Big Unit struck out 13 in his dominant outing. In addition to being the oldest player to ever throw a perfecto, a few other notes make this a rather unique outing. Given that he previously threw a no-hitter in 1990 for the Mariners, Johnson joined Nolan Ryan, Hideo Nomo and Jim Bunning as the only pitchers to throw a no-no in each league. He also became the pitcher with the longest time between no-hitters in baseball history.
Yet another fun sidenote here is that the opposing pitcher, Mike Hampton, also worked a complete game. Hampton allowed eight hits and two runs in the D-Backs 2-0 victory.
Johnson, now 50, is eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in this coming vote. He was 303-166 with a 3.29 ERA (135 ERA+) and 4,875 strikeouts (2nd in MLB history) in his career. He won five Cy Youngs, finished second in the voting three times and third once. Basically, we'll discuss him either being elected into the Hall of Fame or his royal screw job in not making it next January.