On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens made his mark in the Major League Baseball record books. The young Boston Red Sox pitcher struck out 20 Seattle Mariners that night, breaking the MLB record.

But it almost wasn’t to be. Clemens nearly missed his start because of one of the most Boston problems ever.

Red Sox historian Gordon Edes joined NESN’s Tom Caron on “Friday Night Fenway” to discuss the night but also explained what happened just minutes before Clemens’ record-setting start.

You can hear the full story in the video above.

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