How Hard Did Randy Johnson Throw the Fastball That Hit the Bird?

How Hard Did Randy Johnson Throw the Fastball That Hit the Bird?

On March 24, 2001, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson threw a pitch during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants that struck a flying dove. While the exact velocity of the fastball is unknown, it is estimated to be approximately 95 to 100 miles per hour.

Johnson was well-known for his high-velocity fastballs, which were consistently in the upper 90s during most of his career. When the bird was struck with his fastball, it exploded into a cloud of feathers, and was instantly killed. Thirteen years later, minor league pitcher Jonathan Maciel struck and killed a low-flying bird with a pitch clocked at 83 miles per hour.