In a minor league exhibition game held on February 27, 2006, 19-year-old Koby Clemens of the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League hit a home run off his 43-year-old father, Roger Clemens. In Koby’s next at bat, Roger threw a brushback pitch at Koby in retaliation. The father-son duo would later play another game together in 2006, as the elder Clemens was making his comeback with the Astros and pitched a game for Lexington.
There are a few guys in baseball fortunate enough to be able to bring it late in their career: Roger Clemens was one, and Nolan Ryan was another one. And I’d like to be that kind of a writer, who’s still able to bring the fastball.
My only day off is the day I pitch.
On November 12, 1986, Roger Clemens of the Red Sox became only the second American League pitcher to unanimously win the Cy Young Award. Clemens had posted a 24-4 record, with an ERA of 2.48 for the season. The first AL pitcher to win the Cy Young by unanimous vote was Denny McLain in 1968.
You know how you just don’t like guys on the other team sometimes? It’s funny because growing up I loved Roger (Clemens), loved to watch Roger pitch. Then when I was first in the big leagues and he was for the other team, I hated him.
On April 24, 1962, Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out eighteen hitters, tying a modern Major League record for most strikeouts in a single, nine-inning game. It was the second time in his career that Koufax accomplished the feat. The record has since been broken, with five players striking out 19 batters in a single game, and twenty-strikeout performances by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood.