40-Year-Old Johnson Tosses Perfect Game

Arizona's Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters to lead the Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.
The 40-year-old left-hander struck out 13 and went to three balls on just one hitter -- Johnny Estrada in the second inning. Estrada fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches before going down swinging.
"A game like this was pretty special," the five-time Cy Young Award winner said. "It doesn't come along very often."
It was the 17th perfect game in major league history, the 15th since the modern era began in 1900 and the first since the New York Yankees' David Cone against Montreal on July 18, 1999.
"It didn't faze me," Johnson said. "The bottom line was we needed to win the game. Winning the game was the biggest, most important thing."
Cy Young, then 37, had been the oldest to throw a perfect game, doing it in 1904.
(Chicago Tribune)

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