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Message to the Fans
Steven Norman Carlton (born December 22,
1944 in Miami, Florida) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League
Baseball, from 1965 to 1988, who retired as one of the most successful pitchers
to ever play the game, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. He was
affectionately known to Philadelphia fans as "Lefty." He played for the St.
Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants,
Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.
Carlton has the second-most lifetime strikeouts of any left-handed pitcher (4th
overall), and the second-most lifetime wins of any left-handed pitcher (11th
overall). He was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards in a career. He
held the lifetime strikeout record several times between 1982 and 1984, before
his contemporary Nolan Ryan passed him. One of his most remarkable records was
accounting for nearly half (46%) of his team's wins, when he won 27 games for
the last-place (59-97) 1972 Phillies. He is still the last National League
pitcher to win 25 or more games in one season, as well as the last pitcher
from any team to throw more than 300 innings in a season.
Born: December 22, 1944 (1944-12-22) (age 63)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
April 12, 1965
for the St. Louis Cardinals
April 23, 1988
for the Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1971)
Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1986)
San Francisco Giants (1986)
Chicago White Sox (1986)
Cleveland Indians (1987)
Minnesota Twins (1987-1988)
Career highlights and awards
World Series Champion: 1967, 1980, 1987
Triple Crown: NL 1972
All Star Games: 10
Cy Young Award: 1972, 1977, 1980, & 1982
Gold Gloves: 1981
Led league in ERA: 1972 (1.97).
Led league in wins: 1972 (27), 1977 (23), 1980 (24), 1982 (23)
Led league in strikeouts: 1972 (310), 1974 (240), 1980 (286), 1982 (286) & 1983
Career strikeouts: 4136
Career record: 329-244
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Vote 95.8% (first ballot)
St. Louis Cardinals
Carlton debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals as a 20-year-old in 1965 and by
1967 was a regular in the Cardinals rotation. An imposing (6'4"/1.93 m) man with
a hard fastball and slider, Carlton was soon known as an intimidating and
dominant pitcher. Carlton enjoyed immediate success in St. Louis, posting
winning records and reaching the World Series in 1967 and 1968. On September 15,
1969, Carlton struck out 19 New York Mets, while losing to the Mets, 4-3,
setting the all-time modern-day record at that time for strikeouts in a
nine-inning game. That season, he finished with a 17-11 record with a 2.17 ERA,
second lowest in the NL, and 210 strikeouts. A contract dispute with the
Cardinals made Carlton a no-show at spring training in 1970. He proceeded to go
10-19 with a 3.73 ERA, leading the NL in losses. He rebounded in 1971 by
becoming a 20-game winner for the first time, going 20-9 with a 3.56 ERA.
Following a salary dispute, Carlton was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies
before the 1972 season for pitcher Rick Wise. Carlton's first season with the
Phillies was among the greatest a pitcher ever had. He led the league in wins
(27), complete games (30), strikeouts (310), and ERA (1.97), despite playing for
a team whose final record was 59-97. His 1972 performance earned him the Hickok
Belt as the top professional athlete of the year. His having won 46% of his
team's victories is a record in modern major league history. Carlton attributed
his success to his grueling training regime, which included Eastern martial arts
techniques, the most famous of which was twisting his fist to the bottom of a 5
gallon bucket of rice. He was perhaps the most physically fit baseball player of
Carlton's relationship with the media
Carlton slumped in 1973, losing 20 games. The media's open questioning of his
unusual training techniques led to an acrimonious relationship between them and
Carlton, and he severed all ties with the media, refusing to answer press
questions for the rest of his career with the Phillies. This reached a point
where, in 1981, while the Mexican rookie Fernando Valenzuela was achieving
stardom with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a reporter remarked, "The two best
pitchers in the National League don't speak English: Fernando Valenzuela and
Carlton continued to enjoy many years of success with the Phillies, winning the
Cy Young Award in 1972, 1977, 1980, and 1982, and pitching the Phillies to the
best string of post-season appearances in club history. Carlton was the first
pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards, a mark later matched by Greg Maddux, and
exceeded by Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. His Cy Young Award in 1972 was by
unanimous vote, and he finished fifth in balloting for the National League MVP.
Gradually the Phillies improved their team, and won the National League East
three consecutive times from 1976-78. In 1980, Carlton helped the Phillies win
their only World Series, personally winning the final game.
Carlton won a Gold Glove Award for his fielding in 1981, and helped the Phillies
to another pennant in 1983 losing to the Baltimore Orioles in five games.
Over a three year period between 1982-1984, Carlton was involved in an
interesting pitching duel with Nolan Ryan, then of the Houston Astros, in which
they often traded places at the top of the all-time strikeout list.
At the start of the 1982 season, the 55-year-old mark of the great Walter
Johnson still stood at 3,509 strikeouts, but now there were 3 pitchers who would
start the season within 100 strikeouts of Johnson: Nolan Ryan 3,494, Gaylord
Perry, 3,452, and Carlton 3,434. Ryan would be the first to surpass Johnson on
April 22, 1983 against the Montreal Expos. However a stint on the disabled list
shortly after setting the record, combined with a spectacular season by Carlton,
allowed him to make up ground rather quickly and on June 7, 1983, Carlton passed
Ryan as the all time strikeout king with 3,526 to Ryan's 3,524. There would be a
total of 14-lead changes and one tie that season, often after each of their
respective starts, before the season ended with Carlton leading 3,709-3,677.
Gaylord Perry, aging and in his final season, was never a factor, although he
did eventually pass Johnson to finish his career with 3,534 strikeouts, behind
Ryan, Carlton, and Tom Seaver (3,640 strikeouts).
There would be five more lead changes and a tie in 1984 before Carlton ran out
of gas. His last ever lead in the all-time strikeout race was after his start on
September 4 1984 when he struck out four Cubs to lead Ryan by three
(3,857-3,854). Although the season ended with a mere two-strikeout lead for Ryan
(3,874-3,872), Carlton had an injury-riddled season in 1985 and an even worse
season in 1986 before being released by the Phillies just 18 strikeouts short of
4,000. Carlton claims he never competed for the strikeout record with Ryan,
would rather be remembered for the 329 games he won and his four Cy Young awards
(Ryan won none) than the number of players he struck out, and claims Ryan's
former teammate, Tom Seaver, was a better pitcher than Ryan, and "not just a
Giants, White Sox, Indians
He caught on with the San Francisco Giants, but pitched ineffectively save for
seven shutout innings in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he also
hit a 3-run homer for his only win as a Giant. He would hang around just long
enough to collect his 4,000th strikeout (against Eric Davis) before retiring.
His retirement was brief: he almost immediately signed with the Chicago White
Sox for the remainder of the 1986 season. He was surprisingly effective, going
4-3 with a respectable 3.69 ERA, but was not offered a contract for 1987. He
caught on with the lowly Cleveland Indians, where his most notable achievement
was teaming up with Phil Niekro in a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee
Stadium (his first and only pitching appearance at "The House that Ruth Built")
where they became the first teammates and 300-game winners to appear in the same
game. Both were ineffective in a 10-6 Yankee victory.
He was traded to the Minnesota Twins, where he was yet again ineffective.
However the Twins would go on to a surprising win in the 1987 World Series,
albeit without Carlton on the postseason roster, to earn him a third World
Series ring and a trip to the White House to meet President Reagan along with
his teammates. Interestingly, when Carlton was photographed with his teammates
at the White House, newspapers listed each member of the team with the notable
exception of Carlton. Instead, Carlton was listed as an "unidentified Secret
Service agent." The Twins brought him back in 1988 but he lasted only a month
before the Twins released him.
He attempted to find work in 1989 but found no takers. The closest thing to an
offer was the New York Yankees offering him the use of their facilities for
training purposes but no spot on the spring training team. Nolan Ryan would
pitch until 1993 and would extend his strikeout lead over Carlton to almost
1,600 before retiring.
A ten-time All-Star, Carlton led the league in many pitching categories. He
struck out 4,136 batters in his career, setting a record for a left-handed
pitcher (since surpassed by Randy Johnson), and holds many other records for
both left-handed and Phillies pitchers. His 329 career wins are the eleventh
most in baseball history, behind Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, and Warren Spahn
among pitchers of the live-ball era (post-1920).
Carlton picked 144 runners off base, by far the most in Major League Baseball
since pickoff records began being collected in 1957. Jerry Koosman is second
He never threw a no hitter, but pitched six one-hitters.
Carlton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 with 96% of the vote,
one of the highest percentages ever . The Phillies retired his number 32, and
honored him with a statue outside Citizens Bank Park. In 1999, he ranked number
30 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a
nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Despite his career-long
rivalry with Ryan, Carlton maintains his greatest rival was Tom Seaver.
Carlton appeared in an episode of Married... with Children, playing himself in
an episode where former athletes humiliate Al Bundy while filming a shoe
commercial. In the episode, Bud asks him for an autograph and he is shown
writing with his right hand.
References and notes
1^ List of Major League Wins Leaders by Year. Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
2^ List of Major League IP Leaders by Year. Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
3^ Pickoffs since 1957. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.
Source: Wikipedia.org at