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Nicknamed the “Big Unit”, Randy Johnson was one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. At nearly seven feet tall, Randy intimidated batters with his appearance and demeanor, a devastating fastball which was clocked as high as 102 miles per hour, and a nearly unhittable slider which he nicknamed, “Mr. Snappy.” Randy’s on field dominance and unique personality has led to his appearance in TV, movies, and in several funny ads. Randy’s legend lives on in the record books and in the minds of millions of fans, and will be permanently memorialized with his induction into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Since retiring in 2010, Randy has traveled the world to meet and support the men and women of America’s military through his role as an ambassador for the USO. Randy holds deep respect and appreciation for those who serve in America’s military, stemming from his father’s committed service to his country in World World II and after as a police officer. Randy’s travels with the USO have taken him to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Italy, Germany, and Cuba.
While on a baseball scholarship at USC, Randy majored in photojournalism and worked as a photographer for the college newspaper and for a small rock n’ roll magazine in Los Angeles. After retiring from baseball after 22 years, his photojournalist job no longer had to take a back seat… In the last few years Randy has shot huge rock concerts, NASCAR, BMX, surfing, the NFL, nature, animals, people and places, and has captured his Africa safari adventures and travels around the world as an ambassador for the USO. He’s been a contributing photographer for Spin Magazine, Metal Hammer Magazine, Score Baseball Card Company, and AOL.
Randy combines his photography with his love of music. A talented drummer in his own right, he has photographed dozens of rock bands live in concert. He is also a collector of vintage guitars and records. From his early days in Seattle, Randy had the opportunity to meet and interact with performers like Pearl Jam, Metallica, Rush, and Soundgarden. Randy has reunited with these bands and now photographs them live in concert.
Randy has endorsed many top brands throughout his career and has had the privilege of being featured in several memorable (and really funny) ads.
Randy’s great camera presence and comedic timing have been on display in several commercials, films and television shows, including The Simpsons, Franklin and Bash and Little Big League.
Throughout his career, Randy has worked with and has help raise significant money and awarenessfor charitable organizations including Cystic Fibrosis, the USO, the Salvation Army, and forhomeless shelters in Phoenix as part of his multi-year “striking out homelessness” campaign.
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