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January 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Six Degrees of Randy Johnson

While waiting for the Hall of Fame announcement at 11 a.m. (Seattle time), I passed the time by linking Randy Johnson to some of the greatest lefties in history, using the fantastic “Oracle of Baseball” teammate chain on Baseball Reference.com. It shows the shortest link between any two players in history.

Here goes:

Randy Johnson to Sandy Koufax: Randy Johnson played with Jeffrey Leonard for the 1989 Mariners; Jeffrey Leonard played with Don Sutton for the 1981 Houston Astros; Don Sutton played with Sandy Koufax for the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Randy Johnson to Warren Spahn: Randy Johnson played with Rob Ducey for the 1997 Mariners; Rob Ducey played with Phil Niekro for the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays; Phil Niekro played with Warren Spahn for the 1964 Milwaukee Braves.

Randy Johnson to Steve Carlton: Randy Johnson played with Greg Swindell for the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks; Greg Swindell played with Steve Carlton for the 1987 Cleveland Indians.

Randy Johnson to Babe Ruth (hey, he was a left-handed pitcher once): Randy Johnson played with Bill Krueger for the 1995 Mariners; Bill Krueger played with Tommy John for the 1985 Oakland Athletics; Tommy John played with Wally Post for the 1964 Cleveland Indians; Wally Post played with Ray Mueller for the 1949 Cincinnati Reds; Ray Mueller played with Babe Ruth for the 1935 Boston Braves.

Randy Johnson to Lefty Grove: Randy Johnson played with Graig Nettles for the 1988 Montreal Expos; Graig Nettles played with Al Worthington for the 1969 Minnesota Twins; Al Worthington played with Ted Williams for the 1960 Boston Red Sox; Ted Williams played with Lefty Grove for the 1939 Boston Red Sox.

Randy Johnson to Whitey Ford: Randy Johnson played with Ken Griffey Sr. for the 1991 Mariners; Ken Griffey played with Bobby Murcer for the 1982 New York Yankees; Bobby Murcer played with Whitey Ford for the 1966 New York Yankees.

Randy Johnson to Carl Hubbell: Randy Johnson played with Rich Gossage for the 1994 Mariners; Rich Gossage played with Minnie Minoso for the 1976 Chicago White Sox; Minnie Minoso played with Connie Ryan for the 1953 Chicago White Sox; Connie Ryan played with Carl Hubbell for the 1942 New York Giants.

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