Today in Sports History: September 19

By Veronica An

In 2001, Roger Clemens was the first major league pitcher to start a season with a 20-1 record. He went 6.1 innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. Over his MLB career, Clemens earned the nickname, “Rocket,” for his legendary power pitching and was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award seven times. He is third on the all-time list with 4,672 career strikeouts and has 354 wins. Clemens allegedly used steroids and performance-enhancing drugs starting 1998 and ending in 2001. He was later found not guilty on charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs.

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