Born: Jun 15, 1972
A quiet Christian man who still fueled a lot of controversy, the Louisianan had come from Deer Park, TX to become a star with the Yankees, winning more post-season games than any pitcher in baseball history. It sent shockwaves throughout the baseball world when he signed a free agent contract after the 2003 season with the hometown Astros. It was shocking because owner Drayton McLane rarely paid top dollar for free agents and shocking, too, because rumors quickly surfaced that his retired best friend Roger Clemens might join him, which he did a month later. It made New York - and the Steinbrenners - furious.
Pettitte and Clemens were a major reason the Astros made the playoffs in 2004 and 2005 although Pettitte missed the 2004 playoffs after elbow surgery. For his three years in Houston, Pettitte compiled a 37-26 record with the Astros with a 3.38 ERA and a 1-1 post-season record.
Through 2009, Pettitte (who returned to New York after his contract with the Astros ran out) has a 229-135 career record with a 3.91 ERA. He could find himself in the Hall of Fame eventually but it is an outside shot.
Pettitte's name surprisingly turned up in the Mitchell Report of performace drug abusers in 2007 along with Clemens and while Clemens denied it, Pettitte admitted using human growth hormone in an attempt to heal from injury faster. No punishment was given.