The Rocket That Fell to Earth
Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball ImmortalityBook - 2009
A biography of one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history explores Clemens' youth in suburban Ohio, his twenty-four-year professional playing career, and the controversy of his alleged use of steroids.
“Pearlman’s book develops a stark, unsparing picture of Clemens’s life that surpasses anything that’s come before.”
Jeff Pearlman, the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Guys Won! and Boys Will be Boys, now brings us The Rocket That Fell to Earth, an explosive account of the rise and fall of Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees superstar Roger Clemens, arguably the greatest pitcher of all time. Called “exceptional” by Time magazine, The Rocket That Fell to Earth is a stunning portrait of a sports legend equally loved and loathed by fans and colleagues, his life and his storied career, and his place at the dead center of professional baseball’s shocking steroid controversy.
This first biography of Roger Clemens is an account of the rise and fall of one of the greatest modern-day baseball players and arguably the best pitcher of all time. From his obscure youth as a pudgy, unremarkable nobody in suburban Ohio to the mounds of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium, Roger "Rocket" Clemens is an American icon. His athletic prowess aside, Clemens also embodies a fascinating dichotomy in American culture. To thousands of fans, Clemens is a tobacco-chewing, fastball-throwing legend who walks with the giants of the world. To many others, he is a gun-toting, Republican-voting, steroid-using pedophile who stalked Charlize Theron. Here, sportswriter Jeff Pearlman delivers an exhaustively researched biography that explores who Roger Clemens is; what he means to our country; and how his rise to baseball stardom and fall to personal humiliation speaks volumes about the current state of sport in America.--From publisher description.