Roger ClemensRoger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio) was among the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s and 1990s, and remained one until his retirement in 2003.
A hard throwing right-hander who grew up in the Houston area, he initially signed with the Boston Red Sox, making his major league debut in 1984. In 1986 his 24 wins helped guide the Sox to the World Series (which they lost) and earned Clemens the Most Valuable Player award for the regular season and the first of his six Cy Young Awards. Clemens also won the award in 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998 and 2001. In 2001 he became the first pitcher to win six Cy Young Awards, and he also became the first player to win either the MVP or Cy Young Award with three different teams.
Clemens signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997. In both seasons for which he pitched for the Blue Jays, he won the Cy Young Award. Then, to the disgust of many Boston fans, Clemens joined the New York Yankees as a free agent in 1999. In 2001, he won 20 games while losing only 3, at the age of 39.
Before the 2003 season, he announced his retirement at the end of that season. On June 13, 2003, pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium, Clemens, at age 40, recorded his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, the first player in the history of baseball to record both milestones in the same game. The 300th win came on Clemens' fourth try; the Yankee bullpen blew his chance of a win in his previous two attempts. Clemens became the 21st pitcher ever to record 300 wins and just the third ever to record 4,000 strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136). His career record upon reaching the milestones was an impressive 300-155; his final career record was 310-160.
Clemens attributes his longevity to a grueling fitness regimen.