Roger Clemens was born August 4, 1962.
In a dominant 24-year MLB career, Clemens had a 354-184 record on the mound, and set a still-standing league record by winning seven Cy Young awards.
After being chosen by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1980 MLB Draft, Clemens chose to attend the University of Texas instead. Chosen as an All-American in both of his final two seasons, Clemens led the Longhorns to the 1983 College World Series championship.
His performances led to the creation of the "Roger Clemens Award" in 2004, now given annually to the nation's top pitcher.
Clemens was then selected 19th overall in the 1983 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, and he quickly rose through the minor league system, making his major league debut in 1984. Clemens broke out in the 1986 season, finishing with a 24-4 record on the mound and a league-leading 2.48 ERA to win earn his first All-Star berth, Cy Young Award and American League MVP.
The 6-foot-4 pitcher went on to make four All-Star appearances in the next six seasons for the Red Sox, earning a pair of Cy Young awards in 1987 and 1991 and finishing a phenomenal 1990 season with a 21-6 record and a league-best 1.93 ERA.
However, after a four-year stretch in which Clemens twice had ERAs above 4.00, "The Rocket" chose to sign with AL East foe Toronto before the 1997 season, and he immediately returned to peak form.
In 1997, Clemens won the "Triple Crown," leading the league with 21 wins, a 2.05 ERA and 292 strikeouts to win his fourth Cy Young award –- and he did so again in 1998, securing 20 wins, a 2.65 ERA and 271 strikeouts to take his fifth Cy Young.
After Toronto missed the playoffs in both of those seasons, the Blue Jays traded Clemens to the New York Yankees for a package including David Wells in 1999. Clemens finally broke through in the postseason, helping the Yankees to World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.
Clemens became known for his fearless and violent attitude on the mound, often intimidating hitters with intentional inside pitches. The 2000 World Series was no exception:
Clemens won his sixth AL Cy Young in 2001, although the Yankees fell to Arizona in that year's World Series.
At the age of 41 and coming off of another World Series loss, Clemens initially retired at the end of the 2003 season, but he stunned the nation by returning and signing with the Houston Astros in 2004.
Clemens won his seventh overall and first National League Cy Young in 2004, and helped the team to the 2005 World Series, but his team again came up short.
Clemens went on to finish his career with a 3-0 record and a 2.37 ERA in eight World Series games, but his teams went 2-4 in those series.
After returning to New York for one more season with the Yankees in 2007, the 45-year old Clemens finally retired for good. Clemens ended his career in third place on the all-time list with 4,672 strikeouts, ninth with 354 wins, and he is one of only four starting pitchers to win a regular season MVP award since the pitching mound was lowered in 1969 (Vida Blue, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw).
Although Clemens never tested positive for steroid usage, he was named in the 2007 "Mitchell Report" as a likely substance user, and has subsequently remained in controversy since.
Having been on the Hall of Fame ballot for three years, Clemens has peaked at 37.6 percent of votes, well short of the required 75 percent for induction. He can remain on the voters' ballot until 2022.