Year Inducted: 2015 (BBWAA, ballot #1, 534/549)
2001 saw the country shaken by a terrible, horrifying event. And, thanks to baseball, the country bounced back. Mostly, it was due to one of the greatest World Series of all-time. The Yankees and Diamondbacks went a full seven games, even playing into November as the season was put on hold during the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks. After taking the first two in the desert, the Diamondbacks headed to New York with a 2-0 lead. The Yankees used a little bit of luck and won the next three in the Bronx, including two walkoff wins in extra innings. After a trouncing in Game 6 by the Snakes, the series was knotted up at 3-3, and the stage was set for Game Seven. Curt Schilling dueled Roger Clemens to a near draw for more than seven innings. With two out in the eighth, manager Bob Brenly called upon Randy Johnson, the second best lefty of all-time, to keep the score at 2-1. Johnson dominated the Yanks in Game Six on 104 pitches, and continued to stymie them in Game Seven, setting up Luis Gonzalez’s walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson cemented himself as one of the premier pitchers of all-time with that outing, and cemented his legacy as a Diamondback.