The Big Unit has earned his bid to Cooperstown. A three-year Trojan letter winner from 1983-85, Randy Johnson earned his berth into baseball's most prestigious community.
Johnson joins fellow Trojans in New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (1992) and Toronto Blue Jays front office executive Pat Gillick (2011) as members of the Hall of Fame. Johnson was elected to the Hall with 97.3 percent of the vote. Seaver (98.84) actually has the highest voting percentage of all time, but many in baseball can hardly believe that neither of these pitchers were voted with 100-percent of the vote total.
Johnson won an unprecedented five Cy Young Award honors, 303 games over his 22-year career, pitched two no hitters and won the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks; and will now be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Congratulations Randy Johnson (@RJ51Photos) on becoming the 3rd @USC_Baseball alum to make Cooperstown. #USCtotheHOF pic.twitter.com/ychIA5zpuU— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) January 6, 2015
Johnson was not too shabby as a USC Trojan either, along with his photojournalism major that propelled his current career as a professional photographer. In his final season at USC, Johnson led the team with 118.1 innings pitched, 99 strikeouts and six starts before declaring for the draft.
In 1984 he led the team with 26 appearances and in 1983 he was the team leader with three saves. The man who owns the all-time save record, current head coach Dan Hubbs, had some kind words for a fellow Trojan great.
Congrats to Trojan great @RJ51Photos on being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame! Great player and even better person! #uscbaseball #FightOn— Dan Hubbs (@DanHubbs40) January 6, 2015
Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall's Induction Weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Fight On, and for the third time in USC baseball history one of the best in the business will be a National Baseball Hall of Famer.