73 Facts About Roger Clemens


Roger Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.

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Roger Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and hard-throwing pitching style, which he used to intimidate batters.

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Roger Clemens debuted in MLB in 1984 with the Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years.

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In each of his two seasons with Toronto, Roger Clemens won a Cy Young Award, as well as the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts.

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Roger Clemens left for the Houston Astros in 2004, where he spent three seasons and won his seventh Cy Young Award.

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Roger Clemens was alleged by the Mitchell Report to have used anabolic steroids during his late career, mainly based on testimony given by his former trainer, Brian McNamee.

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Roger Clemens firmly denied these allegations under oath before the United States Congress, leading congressional leaders to refer his case to the Justice Department on suspicions of perjury.

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Roger Clemens pleaded not guilty, but proceedings were complicated by prosecutorial misconduct, leading to a mistrial.

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The verdict from his second trial came in June 2012, when Roger Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress.

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Roger Clemens was born in Dayton, Ohio, the fifth child of Bill and Bess Roger Clemens.

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Booher died when Roger Clemens was nine years old, and Roger Clemens has said that the only time he ever felt envious of other players was when he saw them in the clubhouse with their fathers.

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Roger Clemens lived in Vandalia, Ohio, until 1977, and then spent most of his high school years in Houston, Texas.

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At Spring Woods High School, Roger Clemens played baseball for longtime head coach Charles Maiorana and played football and basketball.

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At Texas, Roger Clemens pitched 35 consecutive scoreless innings, an NCAA record that stood until Justin Pope broke it in 2001.

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Roger Clemens was selected in the first round of the 1983 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox and quickly rose through the minor league system, making his MLB debut on May 15,1984.

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Roger Clemens started the 1986 All-Star Game in the Astrodome and was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest by throwing three perfect innings and striking out two.

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Roger Clemens who was pitching on five days rest started strong by striking out eight while throwing a no-hitter through four innings.

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Roger Clemens said to Bob Costas on an MLB Network program concerning the 1986 postseason that McNamara decided to pull him despite Roger Clemens wanting to pitch.

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Roger Clemens led the American League in 1988 with 291 strikeouts and a career-high 8 shutouts.

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On September 10,1988, Roger Clemens threw a one-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

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On June 21,1989, Roger Clemens surrendered the first of 609 home runs in the career of Sammy Sosa.

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Roger Clemens accomplished the 20-strikeout feat twice, the only player ever to do so.

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Roger Clemens recorded 192 wins and 38 shutouts for the Red Sox, both tied with Cy Young for the franchise record and is their all-time strikeout leader with 2,590.

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Roger Clemens made an immediate impact on the Yankees' staff, anchoring the top of the rotation as the team went on to win a pair of World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.

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Roger Clemens set the ALCS record for strikeouts in a game when he fanned 15 batters in a one-hit shutout of the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the ALCS.

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In Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Roger Clemens pitched eight scoreless innings against the New York Mets.

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Roger Clemens started for the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he dueled Curt Schilling to a standstill after 6 innings, yielding only one run.

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Early in 2003, Roger Clemens announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season.

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On June 13,2003, pitching against the St Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens recorded his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, the only player in history to record both milestones in the same game.

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Roger Clemens came out of retirement, signing a one-year deal with his adopted hometown Houston Astros on January 12,2004, joining close friend and former Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte.

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On May 5,2004, Roger Clemens recorded his 4,137th career strikeout to place him second on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan.

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Roger Clemens was the losing pitcher for the Astros in Game Seven of the 2004 NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals, allowing four runs in six innings.

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Roger Clemens again decided to put off retirement before the 2005 season after the Astros offered salary arbitration.

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The Astros were shut out nine times in Roger Clemens's 32 starts, and failed to score in a 10th until after Roger Clemens was out of the game.

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On October 9,2005, Roger Clemens made his first relief appearance since 1984, entering as a pinch hitter in the 15th, then pitching three innings to get the win as the Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS.

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Roger Clemens lasted only two innings in Game 1 of the 2005 World Series, and the Astros went on to be swept by the Chicago White Sox.

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Roger Clemens said that he would retire again after the World Series but he wanted to represent the United States in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, which would be played in March 2006.

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On May 31,2006, following another extended period of speculation, it was announced that Roger Clemens was coming out of retirement for the third time to pitch for the Astros for the remainder of the 2006 season.

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Since Roger Clemens did not play a full season, he received a prorated percentage of that: approximately $12.

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However, Roger Clemens averaged just under 6 innings in his starts and never pitched into the eighth.

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Roger Clemens made his 2007 return on June 9, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates by pitching six innings with seven strikeouts and three runs allowed.

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Roger Clemens is one of only three pitchers to pitch his entire career in the live-ball era and reach 350 wins.

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Roger Clemens'sfinal regular-season appearance was a start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, in which he allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, and received a no-decision.

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Roger Clemens was forced to leave Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS in the third inning after aggravating a hamstring injury.

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Roger Clemens joined the Kansas Stars, a group of 24 retired major leaguers and his son Koby, to compete in the 2016 National Baseball Congress World Series.

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Pitching just six days after his 54th birthday, Roger Clemens started for the Kansas Stars in a game against the NJCAA National Team on August 10,2016.

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Roger Clemens was a prototypical power pitcher with an aggressive edge for his entire career.

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At 23, Roger Clemens simply reared back and threw the ball past batters.

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Roger Clemens has jocularly referred to this pitch as "Mr Splitty".

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Roger Clemens was a highly durable pitcher, leading the American League in complete games three times and innings pitched twice.

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Roger Clemens was known as a strikeout pitcher, leading the AL in K's five times and strikeouts per nine innings three times.

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Roger Clemens has the reputation of a pitcher unafraid to throw close to batters.

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Roger Clemens led his league in hit batsmen only once, in 1995, but he was among the leaders in several other seasons.

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Roger Clemens was ranked 14th all-time in hit batsmen after the 2020 season.

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Roger Clemens has attracted controversy over the years for his outspoken comments, such as his complaints about having to carry his own luggage through an airport and his criticism of Fenway Park for being a subpar facility.

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Roger Clemens has received criticism for getting special treatment from the teams that sign him.

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However, Roger Clemens's name was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball.

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On February 13,2008, Roger Clemens appeared before a Congressional committee, along with Brian McNamee and swore under oath that he did not take steroids, that he did not discuss HGH with McNamee, that he did not attend a party at Jose Canseco's where steroids were the topic of conversation, that he was only injected with B-12 and lidocaine and that he never told Pettitte he had taken HGH.

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Roger Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress in 2008, when he testified that he never took performance-enhancing drugs.

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In January 2016, after Roger Clemens fell short of the votes required for election into the Hall of Fame, former major-league star Roy Halladay tweeted "No Roger Clemens no Bonds" as part of a message indicating no performance-enhancing substance users should be voted into the Hall.

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Roger Clemens countered by accusing Halladay of using amphetamines during his playing career.

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Roger Clemens's attorney admitted that a relationship existed but described McCready as a "close family friend".

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On November 17,2008, McCready spoke in more detail to Inside Edition about her affair with Roger Clemens, saying their relationship lasted for more than a decade and that it ended when Roger Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry her.

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Roger Clemens has appeared as himself in several movies and television episodes and has occasionally acted in films.

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Since 2005, Roger Clemens has appeared in many commercials for Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B.

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Roger Clemens is the spokesperson for Champion car dealerships in South Texas.

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Roger Clemens went on ESPN's Mike and Mike show to call the book "garbage", but a review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called the book "gripping" and compared it to the work of Bob Woodward.

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Roger Clemens has recorded a total of 2,590 strikeouts as a member of the Red Sox and 1,014 strikeouts as a Yankee.

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Roger Clemens was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2014, and was inducted into the Pawtucket Red Sox Hall of Fame on June 21,2019.

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Roger Clemens married Debra Lynn Godfrey was born on May 27,1963 and on November 24,1984.

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Debra once left a Red Sox game, when Roger Clemens pitched for another team, in tears from the heckling she received.

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Roger Clemens is a member of the Republican Party and donated money to Texas congressman Ted Poe during his 2006 campaign.

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On February 27,2006, to train for the World Baseball Classic, Roger Clemens pitched in an exhibition game between the Astros and his son's minor league team.

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