» June 15, 1988: Indianapolis (Triple A) lefty Randy Johnson, about to be recalled by the Expos, is forced to leave a game against Richmond after knocking down a line drive with his pitching hand. Angry at himself, Johnson reaches the dugout and punches the bat rack with his right hand. His left hand is okay, but his right hand is broken, delaying his recall.
» May 25, 1989: After shopping him for several months, the Mariners finally trade star pitcher Mark Langston to Montreal for pitchers Randy Johnson, Brian Holman, and Gene Harris.
» July 29, 1989:
Oakland's formidable Rickey Henderson has no official at bats, but scores four times on four walks and five stolen bases. It's all for naught as the Mariners swamp Oakland, 146. Randy Johnson is the winner.
» June 2, 1990: Seattle's Randy Johnson, at six feet 10 inches the tallest pitcher in ML history, pitches the first Mariners' no-hitter, a 20 win over the Tigers. He walks six and strikes out 8. Fifty of the pitches are clocked at 94 MPH or above as the only threat is a Gary Ward deep flyball to CF.
» August 26, 1990: In his first game after six weeks on the disabled list, Bo Jackson homers in his first at bat, off Randy Johnson, to tie a major-league record with four consecutive homers. Bo adds a single and double as KC rolls by Seattle, 82.
» November 11, 1990: California's Chuck Finley and Seattle's Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in the finale of an 8-game exhibition series between American and Japanese all-star teams. But Japan still wins the series 4-3 with one tie, the first time since 1970 that a touring US team has left Japan with a losing record.
» April 15, 1991:
Mariners hurler Randy Johnson commits a balk in the 4th inning of a game against Minnesota when the Seattle mascot, Mariner Moose, throws a bag of peanuts onto the Kingdome turf. Johnson will go the distance in the 8-4 victory for his 1st win of the season.
» May 12, 1991: Six-foot ten-inch Randy Johnson of the Mariners squares off against 6-foot 7-inch Ben McDonald of the Orioles in the tallest pitching matchup in history. Neither is involved in the decision in the game won by the Mariners, 5-4.
» July 17, 1991:
Randy Johnson takes just four innings to rack up 10 walks. He fans 4, tosses a wild pitch and allows one hit and four runs in his stint, a 61 loss to the Brewers. Bill Wegman takes the complete game win.
» August 14, 1991:
Seattle's Randy Johnson tosses a 1-hitter against the Oakland A's, losing the no-hitter in the 9th inning when Mike Gallego singles. He records his 11th win of the year with the 4-0 victory.
» May 1, 1992:
Seattle's Randy Johnson hands out 10 walks in just four 1/3 innings in a 151 swamping by the Orioles. The Big Unit allows eight earned runs. Mike Devereaux has a pair of homers and drives in six runs. 6'7" Ben McDonald (30) pitches the complete-game win.
» July 21, 1992:
Randy Johnson (511) strikes out 13 batters in six innings, but gives up six runs3 earnedin losing to Detroit, 62. Frank Tanana is the winner. It is Johnson's 8th loss in a row, the longest losing streak for an American League starter this year.
» August 15, 1992:
Texas P Bobby Witt walks 10 Tigers in 4 2/3 innings, as Detroit strolls past the Rangers, 10-3. No one has walked this many in this few innings: Randy Johnson walked 10 on May 1 of this year and Witt passed 10 on September 1, 1990.
» September 27, 1992: Mariners P Randy Johnson ties an American League record for lefthanders by striking out 18 Texas Rangers in a 32 Mariners' loss. Ron Guidry of the Yankees set the mark against California on June 17, 1978.
» May 16, 1993: Seattle P Randy Johnson hurls a 1-hit, 7-0 victory over the Athletics. He loses his no-hitter when Lance Blankenship singles with one out in the 9th inning.
» July 14, 1993: The American League defeats the National League, 9-3, in the All-Star Game. Kirby Puckett, Roberto Alomar, and Gary Sheffield hit home runs, while the win goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at 2B for the NL: last year he was on the team as a catcher, the first player ever to make it at those two positions. A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk's head. Kruk bails out on the next two pitches, saying afterwards, he's going to kill somebody."
» September 26, 1993: Seattle P Randy Johnson strikes out Ruben Sierra of the Athletics for his 300th strikeout of the season, making him the 12th pitcher this century to reach that mark. The Mariners lose to the Athletics, 3-2, in 12 innings.
» August 11, 1994: Seattle defeats Oakland, 8-1, in the final game that will be played this season. Randy Johnson goes the distance for his 13th -- and last - win of the year.
» September 28, 1995:
Randy Johnson wins his 17th as Ken Griffey, Jr. snaps an 8th inning tie with a grand slam, as the Mariners top Texas, 62. The M's hold a two game lead over the Angels.
» October 2, 1995: In a one-game playoff, Randy Johnson pitches the Mariners to a 9-1 win over the Angels. The Cy Young winner-to be strikes out 12 and allows just 3 hits as the M's make the post season for the first time in 19 years. Edgar Martinez is 2-for-3 to finish at .356 and win his 2nd batting title. He is the first AL right handed hitter in the last 50 years to win 2 batting titles, though its been done 4 times in the NL (Aaron, Clemente, Davis, Madlock).
» October 6, 1995:
Randy Johnson tames the Yankees as Seattle defeats NY, 7-4, for their 1st win of the best-of-5 series.
» March 31, 1996:
In the earliest Opening Day ever, the Mariners sail past the White Sox in 12 innings, 32 in Seattle. Randy Johnson sticks out 14 Sox in seven innings, but serving up a 2-run homer to Frank Thomas. Five M's pitchers strike out 21 batters, including Ron Karkovice five times, while the Sox use seven pitchers in the loss. The American League unveiled its new colorful red polo shirts for the umpires, part of the "What a Game" campaign to lure fans back to the parks. The last sartorial change was in the 1970s when AL umps wore red blazers for several years. Al umps will wear red and blue polo shirts for the season; National League umps will stick with traditional blue.
» April 11, 1996: The Mariners get three homers from Dan Wilson and home runs from Russ Davis and Ken Griffey, Jr. to roll over Detroit 91. Randy Johnson, who has a no-hitter through six innings, is the winner.
» May 12, 1996:
Randy Johnson (50), backed by Alex Rodriguez' pair of two-run homers, tops the Royals, 85. It is Johnson's 12th straight win over two seasons. Royals rookie OF Chris Stynes steals 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 1st inning for the 1st SBs of his career, He adds a 4th later in the contest.
» December 6, 1996: The Seattle Mariners acquire righty Scott Sanders, (95, 3.38 ERA) from the Padres for left-handed Sterling Hitchcock. Hitchcock was the ace of the Mariner staff after Randy Johnson went down with back surgery. He finished with a 139 record, but had a 5.35 ERA.
» April 11, 1997:
Randy Johnson wins for the first time since last May 12th as the Mariners beat Boston, 53, Johnson has won 13 straight decisions since August 1, 1995. He allows four hits, including two homers to John Valentin, in six innings. It's the first home opener loss in five years for the Sox.
» April 16, 1997:
Randy Johnson wins his 14th straight decision, beating the Tigers, 73. Ken Griffey, Jr. breaks a tie with a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th for Seattle.
» May 8, 1997:
In Baltimore, the O's stop Randy Johnson's 16-game win streak with a decisive 133 pasting of the Mariners. Baltimore is led by Chris Hoiles, who collects six RBIs on two homers and a double. Johnson strikes out 10 in six innings, but gives up five runs on six hits and two walks as he attempted to become the first American League pitcher since Dave McNally (1968-69) to win 17 straight.
» May 28, 1997: In Seattle, Randy Johnson is dominating as he strikes out 15 in eight innings and allows four hits as Seattle shuts out Texas, 50. Johnson walks one. Seattle's Joey Cora singles in the third, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, an American League record for a switch-hitter.
» June 2, 1997:
In Seattle, Randy Johnson fires a two-hitter and Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 25th home run as Seattle tops the Blue Jays, 30. Johnson (8-1) doesn't allow a hit until Alex Gonzalez's bloops a single in the sixth. Gonzalez is caught stealing, and Johnson surrenders a bloop single to Tilson Brito. Johnson strikes out nine to beat Luis Andujar (0-1).
» June 8, 1997:
In Detroit, Randy Johnson, overwhelms to Tigers, striking out 15 and not allowing a hit until the 8th inning, as the Mariners win, 20. The Big Unit extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings. Johnson (9-1) gives up a leadoff single to Phil Nevin in the eighth to hand Brian Moehler the loss.
» June 13, 1997: Randy Johnson proves he can bring it in either league as the Big Unit strikes out 12 Rockies in eight innings to give the Mariners a 61. Johnson (101) holds baseball's highest-scoring team to just two hits and the Mariners sweep the two-game interleague series.
» June 19, 1997: Seattle's Randy Johnson wins his seventh straight beating the Texas Rangers, 21, allowing one unearned run and four hits in seven innings. while striking out six. Bobby Ayala finished. Ken Hill takes the loss, serving up home run pitches to Paul Sorrento and Jay Buhner. Sorrento has now hit seven home runs at The Ballpark in Arlington, tops among Rangers opponents.
» June 24, 1997:
At Seattle, the Mariners fall to the Athletics, 4-1, despite a 19-strike out performance by Randy Johnson. The 19 Ks are the most ever by an American League left hander. Mark McGwire turns one Johnson fastball into a homer that travels an estimated 538 feet.
» July 13, 1997:
Seattle and Texas combine for a record 31 strikeouts in the Rangers' 42 victory. Randy Johnson racks up 14 K's in seven innings, and reliever Bobby Ayala adds 4, but gives up two runs in the 9th. The previous mark was 30 set by the Mariners and Athletics on April 30, 1986.
» July 29, 1997:
The Mariners and Randy Johnson knuckle under to Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox, 40. Mo Vaughn's 2-run homer is the big blow for Boston.
» August 8, 1997: The Mariners shut out the White Sox, 5-0, on Randy Johnson's 5-hitter. Johnson fans 19 batters for the second time this season, becoming the 1st pitcher in history to ever do so.
» August 15, 1997:
The Orioles and Mariners split a day-night twinbill, the O's taking the opener, 43 and the M's the nitecap, 83. Randy Johnson drops the first game, despite striking out 13 batters; he has now struck out 32 in two games to tie Luis Tiant (1968), Nolan Ryan (1974) and Dwight Gooden (1984).
» September 23, 1997:
Angels Lefty OF Jim Edmonds hits a pair of home runs off Randy Johnson, but Seattle wins, 43, to clinch the American League West. Johnson won't give up another home run to a lefty until John Olerud takes him deep in Game One of the 1999 NLCS playoffs. Jay Buhner hits his 40th homer and then K's for the 173rd time, a new M's record.
» September 27, 1997: The Mariners hand Randy Johnson his 20th win when the Big Unit pitches the 5th and 6th innings in relief of Omar Olivares and Seattle beats Oakland, 93. Johnson is the first 20-game winner in M's history, The Mariners stake Olivares to a 72 lead, but Lou Piniella lifts the starter after four innings. Johnson was sidelined from August 20th to September 13th with a finger injury.
» April 15, 1998:
In a 53 loss to the visiting Mariners, the Indians David Bell hits the 1st inside-the-park home run in Jacobs Field history and the 1st for the Indians since July 18, 1989 (Joe Carter). Randy Johnson and Kenny Lofton are both ejected after the two argue about inside pitches.
» July 16, 1998: Randy Johnson tosses a 1hitter as he leads Seattle to a 30 win over Minnesota. Johnson fans 11 and gives up only a single to 3B Brent Gates.
» July 31, 1998:
After the talks indicate the Yankees or Cleveland, the Mariners trade flame thrower Randy Johnson to the Astros in exchange for IF Carlos Guillen, P Freddy Garcia and a player to be named.
» September 7, 1998:
Houston's Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Reds in a 10 win. It is the 17th time this season he's struck out 10 or more and the 100th time in his career. He lowers his ERA to 1.00.
» September 18, 1998:
Houston's Randy Johnson loses his no-hit bid in the 7th but improves his National League record to 91, beating the Pirates, 52. The Big Unit allows four hits.
» September 23, 1998: McGwire goes homerless in the Cards, 71 loss to the Astros as Randy Johnson clips the Birds for his 10th win. He strikes out eight in eight innings. Craig Biggio is 3for5 and swipes #50 to become the only player besides Tris Speaker in 1912, to have 50 doubles and 50 steals in a year.
» November 30, 1998: The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Randy Johnson to a 4-year contract.
» April 10, 1999: The Diamondbacks defeat the Braves, 83, as P Randy Johnson strikes out 15 batters, including six in a row, to set an Arizona record. SS Tony Batista strokes five hits for Arizona, including a home run, and brings home four runs. Batista's streak will reach 7, then he'll have 17 at bats without a hit.
» June 4, 1999:
Randy Johnson (7-2) wins his 3rd start in a row, beating Texas, 113. Johnson allows three hits and K's 11 in eight innings.
» June 25, 1999:
St. Louis defeats Arizona, 1-0, as rookie P Jose Jimenez hurls the 1st no-hitter of the season. The Cards score the lone run on a broken bat single with two outs in the 9th. Jimenez strikes out eight in the contest, while losing P Randy Johnson fans 14, including the 2500th of his career. Jimenez walks two and hits a batter in becoming the 1st rookie to toss a no-no since Wilson Alvarez in 1991.
» June 30, 1999:
Cincinnati defeats Arizona, 2-0, as Ron Villone and Scott Williamson combine on a 1-hitter. The Diamondbacks only his is a single by OF Tony Womack. Randy Johnson strikes out 17 in a magnificent but losing effort; in his last start he struck out 14 in losing to a no-hitter by Jimenez.
» July 5, 1999: The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, as Jose Jimenez hurls a 2-hitter to defeat Randy Johnson. Jimenez no-hit the Diamondbacks in his last appearance against them. Johnson loses his 3rd game in a row, during which Arizona has not scored a run and only made three hits. He K's 12 Cardinals to tie Dwight Gooden's National League mark of 43 strikeouts over three starts. He also reaches 200 strikeouts for the year and ends St. Louis rookie Joe McEwing's 25-game hitting streak, the 5th longest ever for a rookie.
» July 10, 1999:
Was it something I said, fellas? For his 4th loss in a row, the Diamondbacks fail to score for Randy Johnson, this time falling 20 to Tim Hudson and the Oakland A's.
» August 26, 1999: Arizona defeats Florida, 12-2, as Randy Johnson wins his 14th game. Johnson fans nine Marlin batters in becoming the fastest pitcher to reach 300 Ks in a season.
» September 21, 1999: The Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 3-0, as Pedro Martinez fans 12 for his 22nd win. He joins Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to strike out at least 300 in both leagues, and breaks Roger Clemens club mark of 291 strikeouts.
» October 5, 1999:
The Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-4, to take the 1st game of their division series. Edgardo Alfonzo hits two homers for NY, including a game-winning grand slam with 2-outs in the 9th inning. Randy Johnson takes the loss for Arizona, his 6th consecutive defeat in postseason play.
» November 15, 1999: Arizona Diamondback P Randy Johnson is named the National League Cy Young Award winner. He is the 2nd pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
» April 30, 2000: The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 6-0, as Randy Johnson becomes just the 3rd pitcher in modern history to win six games in April.
» September 10, 2000: The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in seven innings, including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3,000th career strikeout. He is the 12th hurler to reach the milestone. Johnson 1st strikeout of the game gives him 300 for the 3rd consecutive year. Only Nolan Ryan has reached 300 Ks more times (6).
» October 31, 2000: According to rankings of the Elias Sports Bureau, Randy Johnson is named the top player for the 2000 season.
» November 14, 2000: Diamondbacks P Randy Johnson wins his 2nd consecutive NL Cy Young Award, and his 3rd overall.
» March 25, 2001: Arizona P Randy Johnson kills a dove with a pitch during the Diamondbacks 10-6 exhibition win over the Giants. The dove makes the mistake of darting in front of a 95 MPH fastball.
» May 8, 2001: Diamondbacks flamethrower Randy Johnson strikes out 20 Reds in Arizona's 4-3 win over Cincinnati in 11 innings. Johnson gets all 20 in his nine innings of work, but does not tie Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood's record since the contest goes into extra frames. The Reds score two in the top of the 11th, but the D'Backs come back with 3, scoring the winning run on a bases loaded walk by reliever Danny Graves.
» May 13, 2001: Diamondbacks P Randy Johnson strikes out 12 to match Luis Tiant's mark of 32 K's in two straight games. The major league record is 33, by Kerry Wood. It's Big Unit's 6th game in a row with 10+ strikeouts. Arizona beats the Phillies, 61.
» May 18, 2001:
The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 4-0, as Randy Johnson (5 innings), Byung-Hyun Kim (3 innings), and Bret Prinz (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. The Cubs have now lost eight in a row. Before tomorrow's game, Julio Zuleta will borrow a scene from the movie Major League and use a voodoo stick on the Cubs bats to instill hits. It works.
» July 19, 2001: Arizona defeats San Diego, 30, in the completion of a game that was suspended after two innings on July 18. Randy Johnson strikes out 16 batters in his seven innings of relief of Schilling to break the ML mark set by Walter Johnson on July 25, 1913. He allows just one hitC Wiki Gonzalez' 8thinning singlefor the Padres only hit in the contest. In addition to setting the record for Ks in a game by a reliever, Johnson also sets the NL reliever record with seven consecutive strikeouts. Johnson was one shy of the major league mark, set by Ron Davis, on May 4, 1981.
» August 23, 2001: The Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks, 51, despite a 16strikeout performance in seven innings of work by Randy Johnson. In doing so, Johnson became the first pitcher in history to fan 300 in four straight seasons.
» October 2, 2001: Randy Johnson (216) strikes out six batters in seven innings in the Diamondbacks 101 win over Colorado. Arizona stays two games ahead of SF with Johnson's 200th career victory. The six K's give Johnson a season total of 372, and leaves Nolan Ryan's modern day single season record of 383, set in 1973, safe. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch, giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (1413) retaliates by plunking Johnson, upsetting the D'Back's bench. Luis Gonzalez hits his 57th home run for Arizona.
» October 10, 2001:
St. Louis evens its series with Arizona by defeating the Diamondbacks, 4-1. Woody Williams notches the win for the Cardinals, who get a 2-run home run from rookie Albert Pujols. Randy Johnson takes his record 7th consecutive playoff loss for Arizona.
» October 16, 2001: Randy Johnson stops his postseason losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Braves in the opener of the NLCS. Johnson allows three hits and strikes out 11. Reggie Sanders and Luis Gonzalez drive home runs for the Diamondbacks.
» October 21, 2001: The Diamondbacks defeat the Braves, 3-2, to win the NLCS and reach the World Series for the first time in their history. They get to the Series faster than any expansion team in history, doing so in the 4th year of their existence. Randy Johnson gets the win for Arizona. Erubiel Durazo's pinch-hit 2-run home run is the key blow. Craig Counsell is named the NLCS MVP.
» October 28, 2001: Arizona jumps out to a 2-0 Series lead as Randy Johnson hurls a 3-hit shutout. Matt Williams hits a 3-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Andy Pettitte takes the loss for New York.
» November 3, 2001: The Diamondbacks even the Series at three games apiece with a 15-2 win over the Yankees in Game 6. Randy Johnson gets the win for Arizona while Danny Bautista drives in five runs. Arizona knocks out a World Series-record 22 hits, and scores eight runs in the 3rd inning.
» November 4, 2001: The Arizona Diamondbacks win the first World Series of their 4-year existence with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Yankees. Alfonso Soriano breaks a 1-1 tie with a home run in the 8th inning to give NY the lead, but Arizona comes back with two runs in the bottom half of the 9th off Mariano Rivera to get the win. Luis Gonzalez drives home the winning run while Randy Johnson gets the win in relief. Johnson and Curt Schilling share the World Series MVP award.
» November 13, 2001: Randy Johnson wins his 3rd consecutive NL Cy Young Award.
» April 2, 2002: In beating the Padres, 90, the Diamondbacks became the first defending World Champions to open the season with back-to-back shutouts since the 1919 Red Sox. The Red Sox shutouts were thrown by Carl Mays and Sad Sam Jones. The last team to start the year with consecutive shutouts was the 1994 Giants. Schilling is the winner today, following Randy Johnson's 20 twohitter yesterday over the Padres. The D'backs get all nine runs off Brian Tollberg, who leaves after two 2/3 innings. Damian Miller has a grand slam. Before the game the Diamondbacks receive their World Series rings: Curt Schilling's son, Gehrig, accepts for him.
» April 21, 2002:
The Diamondbacks trounce the Rockies, 71, as Randy Johnson strikes out 17 batters in becoming the first pitcher this year to win five games. It is the 6th time he has fanned 17 or more in a game.
» April 30, 2002: Mike Piazza hits two home runs and drives home six as the Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 101. Al Leiter gets the victory for NY and in doing so becomes the first pitcher to have defeated all 30 ML teams. Both Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks and Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers have beaten 29 teams, but Johnson needs a win against his own team, the D'Backs, for 30.
» May 21, 2002: The Diamondbacks set down the Giants, 94, behind Randy Johnson. Johnson notches the 3,500th strikeout of his big league career in the contest.
» June 10, 2002: The Yankees best the Diamondbacks, 75. On the first pitch he sees in the majors, NY rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a home run off fireballing lefthander Randy Johnson.
» August 10, 2002: The Diamondbacks beat the Marlins, 92, as Randy Johnson fans 14 Florida batters to move past Tom Seaver into 5th place on the alltime list.
» August 25, 2002: Arizona's Randy Johnson strikes out 16 Cubs as the Diamondbacks defeat Chicago, 70.
» September 9, 2002: The Diamondbacks beat the Padres, 52, as Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the 5th consecutive season, extending his ML record.
» September 14, 2002:
The Diamondbacks shut out the Brewers, 50, as Randy Johnson wins his 22nd game of the season. Johnson fans 17 Milwaukee batters in the contest.
» September 15, 2002:
The Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, 65, as Curt Schilling fans eight batters to give him 300 on the season. He and Randy Johnson become the 1st teammates to record 300 strikeouts in the same season.
» October 1, 2002:
The Cardinals pound Randy Johnson for six runs in six innings and go on to defeat Arizona, 122, in the opener of their division series. Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen homer for St. Louis while Matt Morris gets the victory.
» November 5, 2002: Arizona's Randy Johnson wins the National League Cy Young Award, his 5th overall and 4th in a row. Johnson is the first NL player since the Mets' Dwight Gooden to win the pitching triple crown, going 245 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts. He led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time.