... WATCH: Randy Johnson Hits Bird With Pitch in 2001. Home; Gallery. Instead, the ball came into direct contact with a bird flying across the path of the incoming ball. That bird looked like it got hit with a ... well a 95mph fastball. This incident actually wasnât being viewed on live television because this particular spring training game wasnât being aired. Can you tell me what was called when Randy Johnson hit the dove with the ball (i.e. Extra Mustard Publish date: Jan 6, 2015. He is known for his height (6' 10"), which is the tallest in Major League history, and his speedy fastball (clocked over 100 miles per hour). At the time, he wasnât aware that the object in motion was a bird. He played mostly for the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks, but also a number of other teams.