Even in his debut with the Red Sox' Class A team in 1983, Roger Clemens displayed the stuff of an ace. In his new book on Clemens, The Rocket That Fell to Earth, Jeff Pearlman writes, "So now Clemens was pitching against the [Lakeland, Fla.] Tigers. In the first inning he struck out Chris Pittaro. He struck out Lorenzo Arce. He struck out Virgilio Silverio. In the second inning he struck out the cleanup hitter and the fifth-place hitter. 'Roger was just throwing BBs,' says manager Chris Cannizzaro. 'They couldn't touch him.'"
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APRIL 3, 1989
Amid reports that he was a compulsive gambler who often bet on the Reds while managing them, SI's Craig Neff and Jill Lieber profiled an unrepentant Pete Rose as he awaited disciplinary action from Major League Baseball.
THERE have always been two sides to Rose, and last week's revelations focused attention on the less appealing one. As a player for 24 years, Rose was a relentless overachiever who played with unmatched abandon. But off the field his aggressiveness sometimes manifested itself as greed and coarseness. Rose let nothing faze him, not a 1979 paternity suit while he was playing for the Phillies, which was settled out of court; not a '79 interview with Playboy, in which he admitted using amphetamines; not even increasing concern over his often shadowy associations and indications that his passion for betting might be excessive. But last week, Rose wasn't helping himself by being caught in seeming contradictions and memory lapses. Rose made several statements in interviews with SI—among other things Rose said he had never bet through a bookie, had never spoken to [Ron] Peters and hadn't socialized much with [Paul] Janszen—that knowledgeable sources challenged.
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