Randy Johnson - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jul 31, 1998:Traded John Halama(P), Freddy Garcia(P), and Carlos Guillen(IF) to Sea-A for Randy Johnson(P). Sea-A received Halama on Oct 1.
Oct 28, 1998:Granted free agency to Randy Johnson(P), who signed with Ari-N on Dec 10

This Date in Astros History

Jul 31, 1998:Prospects John Halama, Freddy Garcia and Carlos Guillen are traded to Seattle for pitcher Randy Johnson in the most celebrated mid-season trade in team history. Before the midnight deal, the Astros upend the Pirates, 7-4, to take their record to 65-44 on the season, 3-1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the Central Division.
Aug 2, 1998:Randy Johnson makes his first start as an Astro during a 6-2 victory in Pittsburgh. Johnson trails, 2-1, in the eighth when Ricky Gutierrez slaps a two-run double to put Houston ahead. A double by Tony Eusebio adds another run. Scott Elarton gets the save.
Aug 7, 1998:Randy Johnson makes his Astro home debut a triumphant one, blanking the Phillies, 9-0, on a five-hitter. He fans eight and walks just one. Jeff Bagwell provides the run support with two homers and five RBIs. Moises Alou also goes deep.
Aug 12, 1998:Randy Johnson fans 13 on his way to a five-hit, 3-0, whitewash of Milwaukee. It's Johnson's second straight shutout. In three starts since his trade from Seattle, Johnson is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA. Craig Biggio supports him with three hits, including his 13th homer.
Aug 22, 1998:Moises Alou goes 4-for-5 with a home run to lead Houston past the Cubs, 8-3. Bill Spiers and Craig Biggio also go deep. Randy Johnson fans nine over seven innings to get his fourth win in three weeks.
Aug 28, 1998:Randy Johnson fans 16 as he blanks the Pirates, 2-0. Astro-killer Francisco Cordova is the victim of a balk and two errors as Brad Ausmus scores the game's only tallies. Johnson's month helps Houston increase their division lead over Chicago to seven games.
Sep 2, 1998:Randy Johnson outduels Atlanta's Greg Maddux for a 4-2 triumph. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Sean Berry take Maddux deep. Billy Wagner closes for his 27th save.
Sep 7, 1998:Randy Johnson fires a six-hit shutout, 1-0, over Cincinnati to sport a record of 7-1 with a 1.00 ERA since his midseason trade from Seattle. He fans 14. Derek Bell supplies the game's only run with a solo shot off Steve Parris in the sixth.
Sep 18, 1998:Craig Biggio bangs four hits, including his 50th double of the year, during a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. Randy Johnson fans twelve en route to his ninth win in a Houston uniform. The 6-10 Johnson adds a double and a sacrifice bunt in the effort.
Sep 23, 1998:Astros reach 100 wins for the first time in their history. The triumph is a 7-1 drubbing of St. Louis. Randy Johnson takes the victory to go 10-1 (1.28 ERA) during his two-month stint in Houston. Craig Biggio swipes his 50th to become only the second big leaguer to record 50 doubles and 50 steals in one season. Biggio would also set a team record with 210 hits.
Sep 29, 1998:Kevin Brown fans 16 Astros in eight innings as he outduels Randy Johnson in Game One of the N.L.D.S. Greg Vaughn's solo homer puts the Padres up by two. Bill Spiers doubles off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth and scores on a Ken Caminiti error but Carl Everett flies to center for the final out. Houston loses, 2-1.
Nov 30, 1998:Randy Johnson signs a four-year deal with Arizona, ending hopes that the Astros could retain the dominating southpaw they surrendered three players to obtain. The trade is rehashed as the farmhands find success with Seattle in the coming years but General Manager Gerry Hunsicker insists he does not regret the move.
Nov 15, 1999:Randy Johnson wins the N.L. Cy Young Award despite five fewer wins than runner-up Mike Hampton who leads the circuit with 22. Astro teammates Jose Lima and Billy Wagner tie for fourth in the voting.
Nov 9, 2004:Roger Clemens wins a record seventh Cy Young Award, his first as a National Leaguer, making him the oldest pitcher to win that honor. Clemens sported an 18-4 record with a 2.90 ERA in Houston. He recieves 23 of 32 first place votes. Former Astro Randy Johnson of Arizona finishes second. Clemens' teammate Roy Oswalt, the league's only 20-game winner, finishes third.