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Johnson tosses first no-no, 26 years ago today

One of Randy Johnson's no-no balls in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
One of Randy Johnson’s no-no balls in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson threw the first of his two no-hitters, 26 years ago today.

On Saturday, June 2, 1990, “The Big Unit” no-hit Detroit as his Seattle Mariners topped the Tigers 2-0 at the Kingdome. It was the Mariners’ first no-hitter.

Fourteen years later, a 40-year-old Johnson retired all of the 27 Atlanta Braves batters he faced at Turner Field to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 perfect-game win.

The perfecto gave Johnson the distinction of being the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game, and he is the only pitcher to throw two franchises’ first no-hitters.