Roger Clemens

Baseball Pitcher

William Roger Clemens, nicknamed "The Rocket", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the league with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he would help anchor for 12 years. Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards, more than any other pitcher. He played for four different teams over his 23-year playing career.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on August 4, 1962.


1977 14 Years Old Clemens lived in Vandalia, Ohio, until 1977, and then spent most of his high school years in Houston, Texas. … Read More
1981 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He began his college career pitching for San Jacinto College North in 1981, where he was 9–2.


1983 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, compiling a 25–7 record in two All-American seasons, and was on the mound when the Longhorns won the 1983 College World Series. … Read More
1984 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years. … Read More
In 1986, his 24 wins helped guide the Red Sox to a World Series berth and earned Clemens the American League MVP award for the regular season. … Read More


The Red Sox did not re-sign Clemens following the 1996 season, despite offering him "by far the most money ever offered to a player in the history of the Red Sox franchise." … Read More
Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees before the season for David Wells, Homer Bush, and Graeme Lloyd. In 1999 and, he won World Series titles with the Yankees. … Read More
2000 37 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2000 MLB postseason, he helped the Yankees win their third championship in as many years. … Read More
2001 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Clemens' best year with the Yankees came in 2001, when he became the first pitcher in MLB history to start a season 20–1. … Read More


2003 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in, Clemens announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. On June 13, 2003, pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium, Clemens recorded his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, the only player in history to record both milestones in the same game. … Read More
Clemens' 2005 season ended as one of the finest he had ever posted. … Read More
2006 43 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 31, 2006, following another extended period of speculation, it was announced that Clemens was coming out of retirement for the third time to pitch for the Astros for the remainder of the 2006 season. … Read More
Clemens made his 2007 return on June 9, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates with six innings of 3-run, 5-hit, 2-walk, 7-strikeout pitching. … Read More
On January 6, 2008, Clemens appeared on 60 Minutes to address the allegations. … Read More
2009 46 Years Old …  In April 2009, Clemens was the subject of an unauthorized biography by Jeff Pearlman, titled The Rocket that Fell to Earth-Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality, that focused on his childhood and early career and accused Mike Piazza of using steroids. … Read More


2013 50 Years Old In January 2013, in his first year of eligibility, Clemens received only 37.6% of the votes cast and was denied entry into the Hall of Fame, falling short of the 75% required for induction.
2015 52 Years Old With the inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine the following year and Randy Johnson in 2015, Clemens is currently the only eligible member of the 300 win club not to be inducted into the Hall.
2016 53 Years Old 1 More Event
As of the 2016 season, he is the last Yankee pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
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