Top 100 Greatest MLB Games of All-Time: #94 40 year-old Randy Johnson throws perfect game

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson waves to the crowd after pitching a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in Atlanta. Arizona won 2-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Keeping up with our theme early on in our countdown of perfect games, we bring to you one of the most incredible pitching performances of all-time courtesy of 2015 Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

Prior to 2004, the oldest pitcher in MLB history to complete 27 outs of perfection was Cy Young, 100 years earlier, but The Big Unit would break that century old record on May 18, 2004.

Pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 40 year-old Johnson would pitch a perfect game, the seventeenth in MLB history against the Atlanta Braves.

Despite his age, Johnson put on a completely brilliant performance. He struck out 13 batters, third all-time in a perfect game (behind Sandy Koufax and Matt Cain). He reached a three ball count only once all game, and on the last strikeout of the evening against the final out Eddie Perez, Johnson fanned him with a 98 MPH fastball.

On top of that, the perfect game was the second no-hitter for Johnson, having thrown his first a full 14 years earlier in 1990.

The D-Backs beat the Braves 2-0.

 

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