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10/22/2003  8:29 PM ET 
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Items of interest from MLB's pregame notes about New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, making what is expected to be the final start of his Major League career in Game 4 of the World Series:

ANOTHER 40-SOMETHING STARTER: Clemens will start tonight at the age of 41 years, 2 months, 18 days, becoming the 3rd oldest pitcher to ever start a World Series Game. The list of oldest starters:

Age Pitcher Team Date/Game Result
45 yrs., 3 mos., 7 days Jack Quinn Philadelphia (AL) 10/12/29-Game 4 ND
41 yrs., 7 mos., 13 days Grover Cleveland Alexander St. Louis (NL) 10/9/28-Game 4 ND
40 yrs., 5 mos., 14 days Dennis Martinez Cleveland 10/28/95-Game 6 ND
40 yrs., 5 mos., 8 days Dennis Martinez Cleveland 10/22/95-Game 2 L
40 yrs., 4 mos., 29 days Rick Reuschel San Francisco 10/15/89-Game 2 L
40 yrs., 4 mos., 28 days David Wells New York (AL) 10/18/03-Game 1 L

WINNING AFTER 40: The only pitchers to win a World Series game after turning 40 are DOLF LUQUE, 43 years, 2 months, 3 days when he defeated Washington in relief for the Giants in the 5th and deciding game of the 1933 World Series on October 7 and JOHN FRANCO, 40 years, one month, 7 days when he defeated the Yankees in relief with the Mets on October 24, 2000, Game 3...40-year-old pitchers are 2-4, 4.70 (28 er/53.2 ip) in 27 career Series appearances.

THREE HUNDRED GAME WINNER: With 310 career wins, Clemens is the 6th 300-game winner to start a World Series game, the 1st since STEVE CARLTON in 1983.

300-GAME WINNERS TO APPEAR IN THE WORLD SERIES

Pitcher Team Date of 300th Win World Series Record
Cy Young Boston (AL) 7/6/01 1903 2-1, 1.85, 3 starts/3 cg
Christy Mathewson New York (NL) 7/5/12 1912; 1913 1-3, 1.13, 5 starts/5 cg
Walter Johnson Washington 5/29/20 1924; 1925 3-3, 2.16, 6 games/5 starts/5 cg
Grover Alexander St. Louis (NL) 9/20/24 1926; 1928 2-1, 4.97, 3 starts/2 cg
Steve Carlton Philadelphia 9/23/83 1983 0-1, 2.70, 1 start
Roger Clemens New York (AL) 6/13/03 2003  

Alexander was the last 300-game winner to record a World Series win, October 9, 1926, Game 6 for the Cardinals against the Yankees.

FINISHING ON CENTER STAGE: Only 9 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame appeared in their final game as an active player in the World Series. The only pitcher to accomplish that feat was SANDY KOUFAX, who was the starter and loser in Game 2 of the 1996 World Series for the Dodgers against Baltimore.

HALL OF FAMERS WHO ENDED CAREER IN THE WORLD SERIES

Player Year Team Games Average Date of Last Game H-AB
Frank Baker 1922 New York (AL) 1 .000 (0-1) 10/6/22 0-1 as ph
Travis Jackson 1936 New York (NL) 6 .190 (4-21) 10/6/36 1-3 in start at 3b
Bill Terry 1936 New York (NL) 6 .240 (6-25) 10/6/36 1-4 in start at 1b
Joe DiMaggio 1951 New York (AL) 6 .261 (6-23) 10/10/51 1-2 in start in cf
Johnny Mize 1953 New York (AL) 3 .000 (0-3) 10/5/53 0-1 as ph
Jackie Robinson 1956 Brooklyn 7 .250 (6-24) 10/10/56 0-3 in start at 3b
Eddie Mathews 1968 Detroit 2 .333 (1-3) 10/6/68 1-2 in start at 3b
Willie Mays 1973 New York (NL) 3 .286 (2-7) 10/16/73 0-1 as ph

Pitcher Year Team Games Record/ERA Date of Last Game
Sandy Koufax 1966 Los Angeles 1 0-1, 1.50 10/6/66
L, 0-6 to Baltimore...4 er/6 ip

Thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for their research on this note





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