59 Facts About Roger Clemens

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

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3. 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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4. In October 2006, Roger Clemens was named to Sports Illustrated's "all-time" team.

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5. Roger Clemens has won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986.

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

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8. Roger Clemens was calling his wife, Debra Godfrey, and a dropped call resulted in his return to the Yankees.

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9. Roger Clemens has starred in a commercial for Cingular parodying his return from retirement.

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10. Roger Clemens appeared in the 1994 movie Cobb as an unidentified pitcher for the Philadelphia A's.

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11. Roger Clemens is shown playing an actual game with the Houston Astros in the film Boyhood.

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12. Roger Clemens gave tickets to baseball games, jewelry, and trips, to women he was wooing.

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

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14. Roger Clemens told Mike Wallace that his longevity in baseball was due to "hard work" rather than illegal substances and denied all of McNamee's assertions that he injected Clemens with steroids, saying that they "never happened".

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15. On January 6, 2008, Roger Clemens appeared on 60 Minutes to address the allegations.

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16. Roger Clemens faced steroid scrutiny when it was reported that pitcher Jason Grimsley had named him, as well as Andy Pettitte, as a user of performance-enhancing drugs.

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17. Roger Clemens would find himself the point of minor controversy when it was revealed in the book The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci that Clemens' bizarre pre-game ritual included soaking in extremely hot water then having the hottest possible muscle liniment applied to his genitals during his rub-down.

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18. Roger Clemens was ranked 9th all-time in hit batsmen after the 2007 season.

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

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

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22. 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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23. Roger Clemens retired former New York Met outfielder Timo Perez for the final out in the fourth inning, and was named the winning pitcher by the official scorer.

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24. Roger Clemens made his debut for the Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish on August 25, 2012, in front of a crowd of 7,724.

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25. Roger Clemens pitched briefly in independent baseball in 2012, and made an appearance in the 2016 National Baseball Congress World Series.

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26. Roger Clemens pitched on a few occasions after retiring from Major League Baseball in 2007.

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27. Roger Clemens started game three of the 2007 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians, but left in the third inning due to injury.

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28. Roger Clemens lost Game 3 of the 1999 ALCS in a matchup against Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, which was the Yankees' only loss in the 1999 playoffs.

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29. Roger Clemens had two other playoff no-decisions, in 1988 and 1995, both occurring while Boston was being swept.

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30. Roger Clemens struck out Victor Martinez of the Cleveland Indians with his final pitch, and was replaced by right-hander Phil Hughes.

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31. 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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32. Roger Clemens unexpectedly appeared in the owner's box at Yankee Stadium on May 6, 2007, during the seventh-inning stretch of a game against the Seattle Mariners, and made a brief statement: "Thank y'all.

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33. Roger Clemens signed a contract worth $22,000,022.

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34. 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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35. 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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36. 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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37. Early in 2003, Roger Clemens announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season.

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

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40. Roger Clemens pitched a shutout against the Seattle Mariners in the ALCS that year and pitched eight scoreless innings against the New York Mets in the World Series.

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41. 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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42. Roger Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees before the 1999 season for David Wells, Homer Bush, and Graeme Lloyd.

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43. Roger Clemens was dominant in his two seasons with the Blue Jays, winning the pitching triple crown and the Cy Young Award in both seasons.

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

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45. Roger Clemens would win the Cy Young Award twice more with the Red Sox, 1987 and 1991.

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

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47. Roger Clemens won the first of his seven Cy Young Awards.

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48. Roger Clemens started in the All-Star Game and was named the Most Valuable Player for throwing three perfect innings and striking out two.

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49. Roger Clemens was drafted 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 1983 and quickly rose through the minor league system, making his major league debut on May 15, 1984.

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50. Roger Clemens became the first player to have his baseball uniform number retired at The University of Texas.

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51. Roger Clemens was scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins during his senior year, but opted to go to college.

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

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53. Roger Clemens is of German descent, his great-grandfather Joseph Clemens having immigrated in the 1880s.

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

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55. 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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56. Roger Clemens rejoined the Yankees in 2007 for one last season before retiring.

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57. 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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58. 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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59. Roger Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years.

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