ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS HISTORY

Major league baseball blazed a trail into America's southwest when Phoenix was awarded a National League franchise in March of 1995. Ownership was led by Jerry Colangelo, already the owner of the city's NBA Phoenix Suns. Colangelo brought Buck Showalter on board as manager in 1996, two full years before the Diamondbacks played their first game.

They lost that first game to Colorado, 9-2, on March 31, 1998. Five days later, the D-backs victimized the Giants for their first win, 3-2.

Phoenix introduced fans to Bank One Ballpark, another in the line of retro-parks gracing baseball. Bank One Ballpark is 1,100 feet above sea level; only Coors Field in Denver is at a higher elevation. It was the first ballpark in decades to bring back the "dirt stripe" between the pitchers' mound and home plate, a feature once common on ball fields everywhere.

Despite the beautiful ballpark, and the meticulous leadership of Showalter and his coaches, the D-backs first season did not go so well (97 losses). Undeterred, they landed Randy Johnson as a free agent in the ensuing offseason, along with stalwart outfielder Steve Finley and speedy infielder Tony Womack.

The result was a complete turnaround. Finley, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams and Jay Bell each drove in more than 100 runs, Johnson went 17-9 and the Diamondbacks won 100 games and the National League West title. They fell to third in 2000, but made a critical midseason trade to acquire Curt Schilling, which set the stage for the following year.

Schilling and Johnson cut a swath through the National League in 2001, combining to go 43-12 and accounting for 47 percent of Arizona's 92 wins. The offense was sparked by Gonzalez's monster season (57 HRs, 142 RBI, .325 average) and the D-backs ousted the Braves and Cardinals from the National League playoffs. In the World Series, they defeated the three-time defending world champion Yankees in seven games, with Johnson and Schilling winning the co-Most Valuable Player award.

The team won its third West Division championship in 2002 but slipped precipitously after that, bottoming out at 51-111 in 2004.

A slow climb back to respectability through player development bore fruit with a fourth West Division crown in 2007. Brandon Webb led the pitchers (18-10, 3.01 ERA), and Chris Young (32 homers) and Eric Byrnes (21 homers, 83 RBI, .286 average) sparked the offense. They advanced to the National League Championship Series before losing to Colorado.

The Diamondbacks used Jerry Colangelo's deep pockets and the aggressive pursuit of free agents to bypass the typical lengthy growing pains associated with expansion franchises. They achieved unprecedented success, winning the National League West Division in only their second season and a world championship in only their fourth season — the fastest an expansion team has ascended to the top of the baseball world.

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"He (Randy Johnson) really kept the ball down. He's 6-foot-10 and when he does that, it creates a very tough angle for hitters." - Damian Miller

Arizona Diamondbacks History

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Arizona Diamondbacks 100 Win Seasons
Year Record Manager
1999 100-62 Buck Showalter
Arizona Diamondbacks 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
2004 51-111 Bob Brenley
Al Pedrique
Arizona Diamondbacks No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Randy Johnson 9.0 05-18-2004
Edwin Jackson 9.0 06-25-2010
Bold = Perfect Game
Arizona Diamondbacks Cy Young Winners
Year Name Position
1999 Randy Johnson LHP
2000 Randy Johnson LHP
2001 Randy Johnson LHP
2002 Randy Johnson LHP
2006 Brandon Webb RHP
Arizona Diamondbacks MVP Winners
Year Name Position
None n/a n/a
Arizona Diamondbacks Rookies of the Year
Year Name Position
None n/a n/a
Arizona Diamondbacks Retired Numbers
# Name Position
20 Luis Gonzalez LF
42 Jackie Robinson 2B
51 Randy Johnson LHP
Arizona Diamondbacks Batting Champions
Year Name #
None n/a n/a
Arizona Diamondbacks ERA Champions
Year Name #
1999 Randy Johnson 2.48
2001 Randy Johnson 2.49
2002 Randy Johnson 2.32
Arizona Diamondbacks Home Run Champions
Year Name #
2013 Paul Goldschmidt 36
Arizona Diamondbacks Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1999 Randy Johnson 364
2000 Randy Johnson 347
2001 Randy Johnson 372
2002 Randy Johnson 334
2004 Randy Johnson 290
Arizona Diamondbacks Wild Cards
Year Record Manager
2017 93-69 Torey Lovullo
Arizona Diamondbacks West Division Titles
Year Record Manager
1999 100-62 Buck Showalter
2001 92-70 Bob Brenly
2002 98-64 Bob Brenly
2007 90-72 Bob Melvin
2011 94-68 Kirk Gibson
Arizona Diamondbacks N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
2001 92-70 Bob Brenly
Arizona Diamondbacks World Championships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
2001 New York Randy Johnson
Curt Schilling
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The Arizona Diamondbacks allowed twenty runs — the most ever against them on September 23, 2003 . Take a guess what "field" it was played at and who their opponent might have been (or just click the link to view the box score).

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On August 26, 1999 , the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a team record eight runs during one inning versus the Florida Marlins . A record they have tied three times since that day: August 19, 2000 , June 10, 2001 & April 25, 2002 .

Was the 1-2 punch of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson during the 2001 season the most dominant in Major League history? Talk about those topics with fellow Diamondback fans on our Arizona Diamondbacks forum .

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