JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has received a Danbury Mint figurine of former Jamestown Expos pitcher Randy Johnson.
The autographed collectible was donated by Earl and Shirley Carpenter and their daughter Brenda Drudge, former residents of Jamestown, now living in Arizona and Australia respectively.
Randy Johnson, who pitched for Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona, New York Yankees and San Francisco during a 22 year major league career, broke into professional baseball with the 1985 Jamestown Expos. Many baseball experts predict Johnson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown based on his record of 618 games pitched, a won-loss record of 303-166, and 4875 strikeouts (second most all-time ) in 4135 innings pitched. Johnson won the Cy Young Award five times.
The Carpenters and Drudge became fans of the 6-foot-10-inch “Big Unit” during his eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, including the World Series title year of 2001.
Johnson’s 1985 season in Jamestown was hardly a predictor of his future success. He appeared in eight games, with a 0-3 record and an ERA of 5.93.
“The Chautauqua Sports Hall Of Fame sincerely appreciates this donation by Brenda, Shirley and Earl,” said CSHOF president Randy Anderson. “I am hopeful that one day Randy Johnson will join former Jamestown Falcon Nellie Fox in Cooperstown as another shining tribute to the legacy of professional baseball in Jamestown. With the Jamestown Jammers about to begin their 2012 season, it’ll be fun to speculate if another Randy Johnson will begin his career with our team this summer.”