Unit inducted - Tucson News Now

Unit inducted

COOPERSTOWN, NY -

Former Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a quartet of his other contemporaries in front of 40,000 people Sunday.

Johnson becomes the tallest player to ever enter the Hall of Fame at a towering 6-foot-10.  The native of Walnut Creek, California, who was also nicknamed the Big Unit, pitched 22 seasons in the major leagues. He led the league in strikeouts nine times.

Johnson had also earned four ERA titles and with 100 complete games and 37 shutouts.  He ranked No. 2 with 4,875 strikeouts after Nolan Ryan’s 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeout average in nine innings is on top of the career list.

The peak of Johnson’s career was with the Diamondbacks 2001 journey to a World Series title.  The Big Unit went 21-6 in the regular season and 3-0 in the World Series against the Yankees.  Johnson led Arizona to a title in the team’s fourth year of existence, sharing Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling.

Copyright 2015 Tucson News Now. All Rights Reserved

(Special Contributor: Michelle Floyd)

  • SportsMore>>

  • Pima Community College gets new baseball, softball coaches

    Pima Community College gets new baseball, softball coaches

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:23:18 GMT
    Pima Community College head baseball coach Rich Alday stepped down and Ken Jacome, one of Alday's former assistant at the University of New Mexico was chosen to be his successor. (Source: Pima Community College)Pima Community College head baseball coach Rich Alday stepped down and Ken Jacome, one of Alday's former assistant at the University of New Mexico was chosen to be his successor. (Source: Pima Community College)
    Pima Community College head baseball coach Rich Alday stepped down and Ken Jacome, one of Alday's former assistant at the University of New Mexico was chosen to be his successor. (Source: Pima Community College)Pima Community College head baseball coach Rich Alday stepped down and Ken Jacome, one of Alday's former assistant at the University of New Mexico was chosen to be his successor. (Source: Pima Community College)

    Pima Community College has new head coaches for its baseball and softball programs.

    Pima Community College has new head coaches for its baseball and softball programs.

  • Arizona’s Deandre Ayton top choice among bigs in NBA draft

    Arizona’s Deandre Ayton top choice among bigs in NBA draft

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:26 PM EDT2018-06-19 21:26:59 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 3:39 PM EDT2018-06-20 19:39:07 GMT
    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

    Arizona’s Deandre Ayton was a force in his lone college season and looks like the favorite to land with Phoenix as the No. 1 overall pick. 

    Arizona’s Deandre Ayton was a force in his lone college season and looks like the favorite to land with Phoenix as the No. 1 overall pick. 

  • Suns forward Marquese Chriss talks NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton

    Suns forward Marquese Chriss talks NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-06-19 22:50:26 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:40:54 GMT
    “He’s really skilled and a really talented big man. There’s not a lot of people you see like him," said Marquese Chriss about Deandre Ayton. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)“He’s really skilled and a really talented big man. There’s not a lot of people you see like him," said Marquese Chriss about Deandre Ayton. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    “He’s really skilled and a really talented big man. There’s not a lot of people you see like him," said Marquese Chriss about Deandre Ayton. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)“He’s really skilled and a really talented big man. There’s not a lot of people you see like him," said Marquese Chriss about Deandre Ayton. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    During a week that could prove to be a seminal moment in the Suns’ resurgence, forward Marquese Chriss was busy spreading goodwill to basketball campers at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix.

    During a week that could prove to be a seminal moment in the Suns’ resurgence, forward Marquese Chriss was busy spreading goodwill to basketball campers at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix.

Powered by Frankly