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The Big Unit vs. The Rocket

Two pitchers headed for Cooperstown will be on display in the Fall Classic. Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson have both used blazing fastballs and ice cold intimidation to rewrite the history books and stockpile awards. Here's a look at how two of the best pitchers of this era match up. And for more on Johnson and the Diamondbacks' pitching staff, read Tom Verducci's Seventh Heaven from the October 29, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Tale of the Tape
Randy Johnson Category Roger Clemens
Randall David Johnson Full Name William Roger Clemens
The Big Unit Nickname The Rocket
38 Age 39
Walnut Creek, Calif. Birthplace Dayton, Ohio
Paradise Valley, Ariz. Resides Houston
6-10, 232 pounds Height/weight 6-4, 235 pounds
USC College San Jacinto Junior College and University of Texas
Mark McGwire Famous college teammate Calvin Schiraldi
Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks Teams played for Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees
Sept. 15, 1988 (win against Pittsburgh) Major league debut May 15, 1984 (no-decision against Cleveland)
200-101 Career won/loss record 280-145
3.13 Career ERA 3.10
3,412 (ninth on the all-time list) Career strikeouts 3,717 (third on the all-time list)
30 Career shutouts 45
4-7, 3.19 (through NLCS) Career postseason record/ERA 5-6, 3.56 (through ALCS)
None World Series rings Two
Eight All-Star appearances Eight
Three (1995, '99, 2000) Cy Young awards Five (1986, '87, '91, '97, '98)
One No-hitters None
Two 20-win seasons Six
20 (once -- left in ninth with score tied) Single-game strikeout high 20 (twice) -- tied for Major League record
None MVP awards One
Three Sports Illustrated covers Four
Little Big League, My Oh My Big screen appearances Kingpin, Cobb
Playfully throwing behind John Kruk's head in the 1993 All-Star Game Famous beanball incident Hitting Mike Piazza in the head on July 8, 2000
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 1982 free agent draft, but chose to attend USC What could have been Drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1981 free agent draft, but chose to continue with college

Compiled by Jimmy Traina

Cover photographs by V.J. Lovero, John Biever

 

   
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