Wednesday, August 15, 2012
On this day in 1958, designated hitter Randy Johnson was born.
Randy was drafted by the White Sox in the third round of the 1979 January amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the ChiSox on July 5, 1980 in a loss against the Oakland Athletics in Chicago. In the bottom of the seventh inning, in his third at-bat, Johnson hit a single to right fielder Tony Armas, but was stranded at second base when the inning ended. He made the last out of his debut game with a flyout to center fielder Dwayne Murphy.
Johnson got into twelve games for the White Sox in 1980, collecting four total hits in that span. Randy was dealt to the Minnesota Twins on September 2, 1981 in a deal that brought Jerry Koosman to Chicago. Johnson eventually landed back in the White Sox minor league system in 1985, which was the last year on record for him in professional baseball. The trade sent Roy Smalley to the Minnesota Twins.