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Reliving the rise and fall of Roger Clemens' legacy

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TORONTO, CANADA: Last year's Cy Young Award winner and Toronto Blue Jay Roger Clemens pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals 07 March at Skydome in Toronto. The Jays won 8-7 with Clemens recording the win going 4 innings, giving up only 5 hits and 3 runs. AFP PHOTO Carlo ALLEGRI (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA: Toronto Blue Jay's pitcher Roger Clemens catches the ball in the early innings against the Baltimore Orioles at Toronto's Skydome 21 September. Clemens is in the running for the Cy Young award for the second consecutive year. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Carlo ALLEGRI (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
TAMPA, UNITED STATES: Newly acquired New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens holds up his new uniform during a press conference at spring training camp at Legends Field 20 February in Tampa, FL. This was Clemens first day as a Yankee. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
TAMPA, UNITED STATES: Newly acquired New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens smiles as he holds up his new uniform beside Yankees manager Joe Torre during a press conference at Legends Field 20 February in Tampa, FL. This was Clemens first day as a Yankee. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
TAMPA, UNITED STATES: Newly acquired New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens throws from the bullpen of Legends Field during spring training before Yankees manager Joe Torre (R) and coach Mel Stottlemyre (L) 20 February in Tampa, FL. This was Clemens first day as a Yankee. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
TAMPA, UNITED STATES: Newly acquired New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens signs autographs for fans at Legends Field during spring training 20 February in Tampa, FL. This was Clemens first day as a Yankee. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees' pitcher Roger Clemens stretches during the first inning of a spring training game with the Detroit Tigers at Marchant Stadium 15 March 2000 in Lakeland, FL. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New York Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens throws against his former team, the Boston Red Sox, at Yankee Stadium 12 September, 1999, in New York. (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, : New York Yankees pitcher, Roger Clemens, stares at the umpire after walking in a run in the third inning of the 30 September, 1999, game at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Clemens lost his 10th game giving up 5 earned runs off 4 hits, 5 walks, 3 hit batters, and 9 strikeouts. AFP PHOTO/HEATHER HALL (Photo credit should read HEATHER HALL/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, UNITED STATES: Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens takes the field during the team's practice 12 October 2000 in Seattle, one day prior to game three of their ALCS. Clemens is scheduled to start game four. AFP PHOTO/Dan LEVINE (Photo credit should read DAN LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Home plate umpire Charlie Reliford (C) comes between New York Mets' catcher Mike Piazza (L) and New York Yankees' pitcher Roger Clemens during the first inning of the Second Game of the World Series in New York City 22 October, 2000. Clemens threw a piece of Piazza's broken bat at Piazza as he ran to first base causing a dugout clearing altercation between the two teams. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (L) rests near the mound while New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura heads back to his dug out during Game Two of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York City 22 October 2000. (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, UNITED STATES: Pitcher Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees blows a bubble during pre-game ceremonies at game one of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark 27 October 2001 in Phoenix, AZ. The New York Yankees face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the best-of-seven series. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 11: Roger Clemens #22 of the New York Yankees is instructed to remain in the dugout by umpire Tim McClelland (C) after Karim Garcia collided with Todd Walker as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 during Game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series on October 11, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusettes. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JANUARY 12: Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (c) is helped with his new Houston Astros jersey by team general manager Gerry Hunsicker (L) and team owner Drayton McLain Jr. (R) during a press conference to announce Clemens signing of a 1-year $5 million contract with the Houston Astros on January 12, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. It had been believed that Clemens was planning to retire following the 2003 season but a number a developments including the signing of his former Yankee teammate, Andy Pettitte by the Astros earlier in the off season which lead him to join the Houston franchise. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JANUARY 12: Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens gestures as he answers questions from the media during a press conference to announce the signing of Clemens to a 1-year $5 million contract with the Houston Astros on January 12, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. It had been believed that Clemens was planning to retire following the 2003 season but a number a developments including the signing of his former Yankee teammate, Andy Pettitte by the Astros earlier in the off season which lead him to join the Houston franchise. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 7: Pitcher Roger Clemens #22 of the Houston Astros stands with the 2004 MLB All Star Game program before taking on the San Diego Padres on July 7, 2004 at PETCO Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 5: Pitcher Andy Pettitte #21 glances towards pitcher Roger Clemens #22 of the Houston Astros on opening day against the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park on April 5, 2004 in Houston, Texas. Both are scheduled to pitch in the next couple days. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN: Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Roger Clemens of Astros throws the ball during a practice session for an eight-game exhibition series between US MLB and Japanese professional baseball at the Tokyo Dome, 04 November 2004, while Japanese pitcher Kazuhisa Ishi of Dodgers looks on. The first three games will be played at the Tokyo Dome on November 05-07 before the series moves to Fukuoka, Osaka, Sapporo and Nagoya and returns to Tokyo for the final game on November 14. (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN: Houston Astros' Roger Clemens throws the ball against a Japanese batter during the first game of a friendly match series between Major League Baseball (MLB) and Japanese Professinal Baseball (JPB) selected teams at the Tokyo Dome stadium 05 November 2004. MLB team will play eight games against JPB across Japan. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: Pitcher Roger Clemens #22 of the New York Yankees looks over at first baseman Jason Giambi #25 after Giambi made a diving stop during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 29, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 05: Roger CLemens #22 (R) and Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees talk during batting practice against the Cleveland Indians during Game Two of the American League Divisional Series at Jacobs Field on October 5, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees talks with starting pitcher Roger Clemens #22 during Game Three of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on October 7, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
TORONTO - AUGUST 7: Roger Clemens #22 of the New York Yankees linesup the pitch during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre August 7, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees pats starting pitcher Roger Clemens #22 on the chest as he comes out of the game in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 7, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig responds to a report released by investigator George J. Mitchell about performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, 13 December 2007, at a press conference in New York. Some of baseball's most prominent stars, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, were swept up in a steroid probe that serves as a stinging indictment for the sport's rampant drug culture. Mitchell said Thursday there has been unchecked anabolic steroid use for over 10 years and that all 30 Major League Baseball teams have one or more players using performance-enhancing drugs. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 7: Pitcher Roger Clemens (L) and his attorney Rusty Hardin (R) listen to a taped conversation between Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee during a news conference January 7, 2008 in Houston, Texas. Clemens addressed allegations made by his former trainer Brian McNamee in the Mitchell Report that he used performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 13: New York Yankees fan Natalya Selivk of Arlington, Virginia, waits in line to attend a hearing by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about allegations of steroid use by professional ball palyers on Capitol Hill Feburary 13, 2008 in Washington, DC. The 'Mitchell Report' named several former and current major league baseball players, including Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, who are accused of using steriods or other performance-enhancing drugs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 05: Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (L) arrives with his attorney Lanny Breuer (R) to be deposed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about steroid use in Major League Baseball, February 5, 2008 in Washington. Baseball's Mitchell Report included the testimony of a former Clemens trainer who alleged Clemens used performance enhancing drugs. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (R) departs with his attorney, Lanny Breuer (L), after being deposed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about what he knows about steroid use in Major League Baseball on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 5, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 13: Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens raises his right hand as he is sworn in during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, February 13, 2008 in Washington DC. The 'Mitchell Report' named several former and current major league baseball players, including Clemens, who are accused of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 13: Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens (C) arrives to testify about allegations of steroid use by professional ball players before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill February 13, 2008 in Washington, DC. The 'Mitchell Report' named several former and current major league baseball players, including Clemens, who are accused of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 30: Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens walks out of the U.S. District Court after his arraignment, on August 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Clemens who plead not-guilty was charged with making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified in a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee on his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SUGAR LAND, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Roger Clemens #21 of the Sugar Land Skeeters throws in the first inning against the Long Island Ducks on September 7, 2012 in Sugar Land, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
SUGAR LAND, TX- AUGUST 25: Roger Clemens #21 of the Sugar Land Skeeters wipes himself with a towel in the bullpen before he pitches against the Camden Riversharks on August 25, 2012 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Boston Red Sox player Roger Clemens is hugs David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox while being honored during a ceremony for the All Fenway Park Team prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 30: Former Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens acknowledges the crowd while being honored as part of 'Morgan's Magic' team prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners on July 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 14: Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez throw out ceremonial pitches after being inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame before a game between the Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 14: Boston Red Sox Halll of Fame plaques of Joe Castiglione, Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez line third base before a game with the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Over three different decades, Roger Clemens put together one of the more impressive pitching careers in baseball history. But as was the case with a handful of MLB stars during the 1990s and 2000s, Clemens' standing in baseball lore is murky at best.

Steroid allegations stemming from the Mitchell Report and elsewhere have plagued his Hall of Fame prospects, and have led several fans and baseball historians to sour on him over the last decade. But for nearly 20 years, Rocket was as bright a star as the sport had to offer.



On his 53rd birthday, click through the gallery above to take in Clemens' MLB journey -- from his days as a 22-year-old rookie on the Boston Red Sox, on through his brief stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, to his championship New York Yankees career and over his later days with the Houston Astros.

It all made for a heck of a story -- one that could even make its way to the big screen. Watch the video below for more on that possibility.


Yes, A Roger Clemens Movie Is Really Happening

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