Randy Johnson will have Diamondbacks cap on Hall of Fame plaque
Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame plaque will bear an Arizona Diamondbacks cap. The announcement was made Friday morning by the Hall of Fame.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) January 16, 2015
In an accompanying annoucement, the Diamondbacks said they will retire Johnson’s No. 51 in a ceremony at Chase Field before a game with Cincinnati on Aug. 8.
While Johnson pitched 10 seasons for the Seattle Mariners and eight for the Diamondbacks, he enjoyed his greatest success in Arizona. He was the National League Cy Young Award winner in each of his first four seasons with the D-backs and was co-MVP of the 2001 World Series.
He had a 118-62 record and 2.83 ERA while making 232 starts for the D-backs.
For the Mariners, he was 130-74 with a 3.42 ERA in 266 starts. He won the American League Cy Young Award with Seattle in 1995 as part of a stellar Mariners team that is credited with saving baseball in Seattle. With Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez leading the team into the playoffs, the Washington state legislature voted to fund a new stadium for the team after citizens had voted down a sales tax referendum designed to fund the stadium.
Johnson and the other three members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 — Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz — will be formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., as the centerpiece of a four-day celebration of baseball.
Each Hall of Fame plaque will be revealed as the prelude to each electee’s induction speech on July 26. The Hall of Fame plaque, which serves to reflect the totality of a career, details an individual’s accomplishments in the game in approximately 90 words, while listing each team on which an individual played or managed. An artist rendering of the individual being honored tops the Hall of Fame plaque, and in many instances, a cap, where a logo may or may not featured, is included.
"The Museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all," said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense. For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable. Regardless of the selection, a Hall of Famer belongs to every team for which he played or managed, as well as every fan who followed his career."