On June 13, 2003, New York Yankees right-hander Roger Clemens achieved two major milestones in the same game. Starting against the St. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium, Clemens fanned 10 Redbirds over 6.2 innings to not only notch his 300th career win but his 4,000th career strikeout as well. He finished his outing that evening with 4,006 K’s to his credit.
This game-used baseball – complete with the Yankees “100th Anniversary” logo on one panel – came from that memorable outing and Clemens signed it on the sweet spot in blue ink and added “300th Win,” “4,000 K’s” and the date (“6-13-03”). The baseball is a significant piece from a milestone game, Clemens one of the great pitchers of his era, and, frankly, of all-time.
This baseball was initially sold in 2004 at public auction for $4,600, and went unsold ten years later. At that time, the baseball was accompanied by a two-page letter of provenance from the Director of Sales and Marketing of PC Richards, a New York area consumer electronics chain. The Director of Marketing obtained the baseball directly from Clemens in a trade for electronics goods. It was also accompanied by a copy of the FedEx shipping label from when the ball was sent by Clemens to complete the trade. Unfortunately, those pieces of provenance have become separated from the ball over time. However, this is clearly the same baseball that was auctioned at that time. A last-minute consignment to this auction; we will resubmit this baseball to JSA for authentication and provide the LOA to the winning bidder, however, due to the nature of delays at JSA, the LOA will not be ready immediately at the auction close.