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#41            RANDY JOHNSON            LHP    
 
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QUICK FACTS:


Full Name: Randall David Johnson
Nickname(s): Big Unit
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, CA
Birthdate: 9/10/1963
Height: 6’10”
Weight: 230
 

2005 STATS:


REC:17-8                                   ERA: 3.79                                 G: 94
SV: 0                                          IP: 225.2                                   SO: 211
 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:


  • 4 time Cy Young winner (’99-’02)
  • 10 time All-Star (’90, ’93-’95, ’97, ’99-’02, ’04)
  • 2002 NL Triple Crown: Pitching
  • 2001 World Series MVP
  • NL Player of the Week (5/17-23/2004)

BIOGRAPHY

 

His All-Star career extends far off the field, as well...recently made a $400,000 donation to the American Red Cross' relief efforts following the devastation in South East Asia...through his "Strikeout Homelessness" program, which he started while with the Mariners, has personally donated more than $300,000 to related charities and organizations...with the Yankees, will continue his pledge of $1,000 per victory and $100 per strikeout to be distributed in tri-state area...in 2004-with 16 victories and 290 strikeouts-personally donated $45,000 to Arizona-area organizations in need...in addition, Randy has provided-through his contract with Nike-more than 3,500 pairs of footwear to the less fortunate during the holiday season...has also been very active in fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-in both Seattle and Arizona-over the last 11 years, raising more than $1-million through various efforts including his own annual golf tournament...was the 1999 recipient of the Bronze Sierra from the Arizona Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is also involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Salvation Army...was the Diamondbacks' 2002 nominee for Major League Baseball's annual Roberto Clemente Award...with Curt Schilling, was tabbed Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year following the World Series season of 2001...won the Warren Spahn Award as the most outstanding left-handed pitcher in the Majors for each of his first four seasons with the Diamondbacks, honoring the legacy of Oklahoman Warren Spahn...also won each of the first three Leroy "Satchel" Paige Legacy Awards, given annually to Major League baseball's "Pitcher-of-the-Year" by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City... was voted the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Sports Star-of-the-Year for 1993... once an avid photographer, had his work featured at Art Expo '90 in Los Angeles...following the 1990 season he made his first of two trips to Japan with fellow major leaguers, and combined with then-Angel southpaw Chuck Finley on a no-hitter on Nov. 11 in Tokyo...made a cameo appearance in the baseball movie "Little Big League"...once an avid photographer, had his work featured at Art Expo '90 in Los Angeles...following the 1990 season he made his first of two trips to Japan with fellow major leaguers, and combined with then-Angel southpaw Chuck Finley on a no-hitter on Nov. 11 in Tokyo...made a cameo appearance in the baseball movie "Little Big League"...attended the University of Southern California on a baseball/basketball scholarship, but concentrated solely on baseball after his sophomore season...was college teammate of Mark McGwire while with the Trojans...was originally drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the '82 June draft, but chose to attend USC...was a 1982 graduate of Livermore (CA) High School, where he tossed a perfect game in his final prep start.

 

2005 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 

Was 17-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 34 starts. ... The 34 starts were the most by a Yankee since Mike Mussina started 34 games in 2001. ... The Yankees were 22-12 in games he started. ... Ranked second in the American League with 211 strikeouts, tied for second with four complete games, tied for third with 8.4 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and 34 games started, fourth with 17 wins, tied for fourth with 32 home runs allowed, fifth with a .243 opponents batting average and 225 2/3 IP, tied for seventh with 12 hit batsmen, tied for eighth with 1.9 walks per 9.0 IP, and 10th with a .680 winning percentage. ... His 2,748 strikeouts over the last 10 seasons (1996-2005) are the most in the Majors. ... Was 12-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts with John Flaherty as his catcher. ... Was 5-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 13 starts with Jorge Posada as his catcher. ... Has 263 career victories for sole possession of 37th place on Baseball's all-time list. Needs 1 win to tie Gus Weyhing for 36th place. ... Ranks third on Baseball's all-time strikeout list with 4,372 behind only Nolan Ryan, 5,714; and Roger Clemens, 4,502. ... Allowed a career-high 32 home runs in 2005 and established the single-season franchise record for LH pitchers (Dennis Rasmussen allowed 31 HR in 1987). ... On 8/21 vs. the Chicago White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field, recorded the complete-game loss in a 6-2 White-Sox win. Allowed four home runs in the fourth inning (including three straight for the first time in his career), becoming the 26th pitcher in Major-League history to allow four home runs in a single inning. ... On 9/26 at Baltimore recorded his fifth straight victory in an 11-3 Yankees win improving to 36-4 in 54 September appearances since 1993. ... In his last 13 starts of the season (from 7/26), left-handed batters hit .074 (4-for-54) with one extra-base hit (double) and no RBIs. ... Was 6-0 with a 1.92 ERA in his final eight starts of the season (from 8/26). ... Earned the win to clinch the A.L. East crown in his final start of the season on 10/1 at Boston, his fifth win in five starts against Boston in 2005. ... The last Yankee pitcher to go undefeated against the Red Sox in a season in which he beat them at least four times was Mel Stottlemyre in 1965 (5-0 in six starts).

 

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