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He rarely knew where it was going, but his velocitymore than 90 mphmade him a star pitcher by the time he was a senior Page 14 After high school, Randy declined an offer from the Atlanta Braves, accepting a scholarship from the University of Southern California instead. (University of Southern California) Page 15 at Livermore High School. Dozens of major league scouts attended Livermore's games. In his final start, Randy threw a perfect game, striking out 13. Overall, he struck out 121 batters in just 66 1/3 innings.

When Randy struck out Tim Salmon to end the game, hundreds of fans poured onto the field. Some kissed home plate, while others stuffed their pockets with dirt from the infield. " and threw his arms in the air. As he did after all his big victories, he pointed toward the sky, a silent tribute to his father. On this, the biggest day of his career, the only regret was that his dad wasn't in the ballpark to see it. Page 8 Randy, the youngest of six children, is very close to his mother, Carol. 25 million deal, he spoke lovingly of his parents.

You can't be selfish anymore," he said. "It makes me realize how my mom and dad made sacrifices for us, too. " It was also after the 1992 season that trade rumors involving Randy first heated up, an occurrence that would continue nearly non-stop until he finally was traded to the Houston Astros in July of 1998. 5 million, making him a prime candidate for relocation despite his increasing success. In the midst of his In 1993, Randy was selected for the American League All-Star team. (AP/Wide World Photos) Page 45 great 1993 season, he was nearly traded at the July 31 trade deadline, and again after the season.

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