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Clemens lone star in debut

A call to George Steinbrenner helped Roger Clemens begin the final chapter of his career as an Astro.

Updated: April 8, 2004, 11:52 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- The first call Wednesday morning went to Billy Connors, the old pitching coach who had fallen on difficult times recently, and it was Connors who told Roger Clemens to make that second call. And so Clemens did, ringing up his old boss, The Boss, George Steinbrenner, in New York for a conversation that eventually became so emotional Clemens decided "I had to get off the phone, because my voice was breaking up."

And that's how Clemens started the first day of the rest of ...

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