The career of Randy Johnson is one of the most illustrious and elite stretches in the history of Major League Baseball.
The legendary ace accomplished a lot from 1988-2009.
The left-hander pitched well into his 40s and won five Cy Young Awards, a pitching triple crown, a World Series ring, a World Series MVP trophy, and was an All-Star 10 times during his 22-year career.
On this date in 2004, Johnson accomplished something truly remarkable while he was pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the oldest pitcher to ever throw a perfect game as he dominated a powerful Atlanta Braves lineup and forever etched his name in the history books.
On this day in 2004, 40-year-old Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher to fire a perfect game. pic.twitter.com/lM1rUcIcu8
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Johnson posted a career WAR of 101.1 while winning 303 games and posting an ERA of 3.29.
He also struck out 4,875 batters in 4,135.1 innings of work.
But on this day 19 years ago, the veteran left-hander achieved a very important milestone.
Johnson was 40 years old at the time of his perfect game against the Braves.
He pitched the better part of his career with the Seattle Mariners, but also spent time with the Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and San Francisco Giants.
In 2004, the year he threw his perfect game against Atlanta, he started 35 games, winning 16 of them and posting a stellar ERA of 2.60.
This was one of many dominant performances the left-hander had during the 2004 season and throughout his legendary career.
He had no shortage of legendary moments, but this performance was a special one.
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