Randy Johnson to be Enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame|
Jan. 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC Trojan great Randy Johnson becomes the third Trojan to be elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday morning.
Johnson, a left-handed pitcher, joins fellow Trojans New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (1992) and Toronto Blue Jays front office executive Pat Gillick (2011) in the Hall of Fame.
Seaver (98.84) has the highest voting percentage of all time. Johnson was elected to the Hall with a voting percentage of 97.3.
Johnson will enter the Hall with pitchers Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and infielder/outfielder Craig Biggio.
Johnson, also known as the "Big Unit," had a superb 22-year career in the big leagues - being named to 10 All-Star teams, winning MVP of the World Series and five Cy Young Awards, tossing a perfect game and winning 303 games pitching for six different teams. He is one of only five pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both leagues.
Standing 6-foot-10, Johnson carried a blazing fastball, a devastating slider and a fiery demeanor in his arsenal, taming hitters in both leagues after being drafted in 1985 by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of MLB's First Year Player Draft.
Johnson went on to be traded by the Expos to the Mariners in a five-player deal in May 1989. He went 7-9 with a 4.40 ERA in 22 starts for the Mariners in 1989, but really hit his stride in 1990 as he won 14 games and made his first All-Star team.
Johnson went on to lead his league in ERA four times and in strikeouts nine times. He currently stands as baseball's all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6).
He finished his career in 2009 with the Giants when he won his 300th game. He finished with a career 3.29 ERA with 4,875 strikeouts. Johnson's career highlight came in 2001 when he and Curt Schilling led the Diamondbacks to the World Series title in seven games over the Yankees.
Johnson pitched for the Trojans from 1983-1985, with his best year coming as a senior in 1985. He led the team that year with 118.1 innings pitched, 99 strikeouts and six starts. In 1984 he led the team with 26 appearances and in 1983 he was the team leader with three saves.
Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall's Induction Weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.