Aside from some newspaper coverage, there was little fanfare over Cheney's feat. Ten months later Cheney injured his elbow against those same Orioles. He pitched sparingly over the next several seasons before returning to south Georgia.
It was there, at his home in Albany last September, that he happened to be watching television when Clemens, who was barely a month old when Cheney set his record, made his latest assault on it. Cheney found himself rooting for the Rocket.
"I've always felt that records were made to be broken," Cheney says. "Even mine."