Randy Johnson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 26. The 6’ 10” lefty dominated hitters for 22 years during stints with six teams. He made 10 All-Star teams and won five Cy Young Awards. The Big Unit posted a career 303-166 record, 3.29 ERA and struck out 4,875 batters. His 10.6 K/9 innings is most in baseball history.
Pedro Martinez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 26. Over 18 years in the big leagues, Martinez pitched for five teams and collected eight All-Star appearances and three Cy Young Awards. He posted a career 219-100 record, 2.93 ERA and struck out 3,154 batters.
From 1963 to '66, Sandy Koufax had averaged a 24-7 record, 307 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA, winning three out of four Cy Young awards at a time before each league had its own award. That brief run as the best pitcher in baseball, plus the two All-Star seasons that preceded it and his dominance in four World Series (0.95 ERA, four complete games, two shutouts in seven starts and one scoreless relief appearance) made him a Hall of Famer in his first year of eligibility and a permanent part of any discussion about the greatest pitcher of all time. Here are 32 classic SI photos of No. 32, "The Left Arm of God," Sandy Koufax.
The best closer of a very different time, Rollie Fingers threw more than one inning in 62 percent of his saves. Although he is best remembered for his neatly groomed handlebar mustache, the seven-time All-Star and 1974 World Series MVP with Oakland won both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1981 with Milwaukee. That certainly helped him become just the second reliever ever elected to the Hall of Fame. In celebration of his 70th birthday on Aug. 25, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Rollie Fingers.
Three-time AL Cy Young winner, six-time All-Star, and eight-time 20-game winner Jim Palmer turned 70 years old on Oct. 15, 2015. The Hall of Fame pitcher played all of his 19 years in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, winning three World Series. In celebration of Palmer's birthday, we present these 22 classic SI photos of No. 22.
An 18-time All Star and Hall of Famer, Boston's beloved Yaz turned 77 years old on Aug. 22, 2016. Carl Yastrzemski spent his entire 23-year career with Boston. His 3,419 hits are still a team record. Yastrzemski won the American League MVP award in 1967, when he also won the Triple Crown.
Tom Seaver was the ace of the ‘69 Miracle Mets and the 1973 pennant winners. In his first 10 seasons with the Mets, “The Franchise” won Rookie of the Year, three Cy Young awards, made nine All-Star teams, led the NL in strikeouts five times, ERA thrice, and wins twice. In 1992, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received 98.8 percent of the vote, still the highest ever, and was the only player ever to go into the Hall as a Met until Mike Piazza in 2016. In celebration of his 72nd birthday on Nov. 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of “Tom Terrific” through the years.