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CWS NOTEBOOK Clemens shares past with Rice's Graham
OMAHA, Neb. -- Rice coach Wayne Graham had a special player in 1981. While coaching at San Jacinto-North Junior College, his first squad there featured a young pitcher named Roger Clemens.
The freshman helped Graham's club go 43-7 that season. Graham went on to win seven national junior college championships before taking the Rice job 12 years ago.
Clemens went on to better things, too, earning All-American status in helping the Texas Longhorns win the College World Series in 1983, then becoming major league baseball's only six-time Cy Young Award winner.
"What I saw in him was he always threw strikes, he had great mechanics and a great body for a pitcher," Graham said. "He started out not throwing very hard but by the end of the spring he got to throwing about 91."
Clemens won his 300th game Friday with a 5-2 win over St. Louis and raised his career strikeout total to 4,006.
But Marquess does not want to see his pitching staff emulating his own technique. The 56-year-old lefty throws batting practice for his team, and cracked a smile when asked to critique his own pitching talents.
"Very overrated technique," Marquess says with a smile. "I've never iced in my life and I don't worry about technique. Just throw it over ... and have a screen in front of you."
Senior left-hander Tim Cunningham is diplomatic when it comes to assessing his coach's pitching.
"He's OK ... he throws hard," the senior said.