D-backs to honor Randy Johnson for perfect game

Randy Johnson celebrates after his perfect game against the Braves on May 18, 2004.

John Bazemore

The Diamondbacks will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Randy Johnson’s perfect game on Sunday, May 18 with a pregame ceremony honoring the legendary pitcher.

Johnson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to that day’s game against the Dodgers, and his catcher will be Robby Hammock, who caught the perfect game a decade ago.

"We are thrilled to welcome Randy back to Chase Field to celebrate the greatest single game of his career," said D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall. "What he accomplished that night and throughout his D-backs career was simply amazing, and we’re glad that our fans have the opportunity to salute this legendary performance."

Johnson retired all 27 batters he faced on May 18, 2004, at Turner Field in Atlanta, striking out 13, including the final hitter of the game, Eddie Perez, on a 98 mph fastball.

The perfect game was the first in the National League in nearly 13 years (since Dennis Martinez on July 28, 1991) and the second no-hitter of Johnson’s career.

At 40 years of age, Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, surpassing Cy Young, who was 37 when he achieved the feat in 1904.