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Randy Johnson named by ESPN as one of best ’40 over 40′

Arizona Diamondbacks pitching great Randy Johnson had many memorable seasons.

He won a World Series in 2001 and a Cy Young Five times before his 40th birthday, but there’s a reason the Big Unit was named to ESPN’s list of the 40 best athletes over 40 years old.

The productive seasons weren’t limited to his younger days or his prime years.

Johnson didn’t retire until he was already 46, but his best of his twilight years came in 2004 — the final year of his first stint with the D-backs.

The final All-Star campaign for Johnson saw him go 16-14 for Arizona with a 2.60 ERA. He allowed the fewest hits per nine innings pitched (6.5) and walks plus hits per innings pitched (0.900) of his career. Johnson also led the NL with 290 total strikeouts in 35 starts while becoming the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game, on May 18, 2004.

Johnson would go on to win 17 games the next two years as a New York Yankee before returning to Arizona for 2007-08 and lcosing his career after a stint with the San Francisco Giants.

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