43 Facts About Steve Carlton


Steven Norman Carlton was born on December 22,1944 and is an American former professional baseball player.

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Steve Carlton played in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher for six different teams from 1965 to 1988, most notably as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies with whom he won four Cy Young Awards as well as the 1980 World Series.

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Steve Carlton was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards in a career.

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Steve Carlton held the lifetime strikeout record several times between 1982 and 1984, before his contemporary Nolan Ryan passed him.

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Steve Carlton is 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.

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Steve Carlton holds the record with the most career balks of any pitcher, with 90.

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Steve Carlton was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he played Little League and American Legion Baseball during his youth.

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Steve was the only son of Joe and Anne Carlton and was raised with his sisters Joanne and Christina on 144th street in Miami.

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Steve Carlton attended North Miami High School, playing baseball and basketball at first.

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Steve Carlton had no plans beyond high school and showed little interest in his studies.

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In 1964, Steve Carlton pitched for four teams as he quickly advanced through the Cardinals minor league system.

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In 1965, Steve Carlton pitched one game and 5 innings of one-run ball with the Cardinals team in the Florida East Coast Instructional League and was promoted to the major league team.

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Steve Carlton debuted with the St Louis Cardinals as a 20–year-old in 1965 and by 1967 was a regular in the Cardinals rotation.

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Steve Carlton enjoyed immediate success in St Louis, posting winning records and reaching the World Series in 1967 and 1968.

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Steve Carlton was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on February 26,1972, just before the 1972 season for pitcher Rick Wise.

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Steve Carlton had won 77 games to Wise's 75, and both were considered among the game's best pitchers.

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Steve Carlton was selected to the NL All-Star team in 1968,1969 and 1971.

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Steve Carlton attributed his success to his grueling training regimen, 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.

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Steve Carlton had a fastball, a legendary slider, and a long looping curve ball; and later a change-up, then a screwball.

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Steve 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.

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Steve 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.

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Steve Carlton was the last major league pitcher to have 300 innings pitched in a season.

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On September 13,1982, for the fourth time in his career, Steve Carlton hit a home run and tossed a complete-game shutout in the same game.

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Steve Carlton is the only pitcher to have done so in three different decades.

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On September 23,1983, in a game against his former team, the St Louis Cardinals, Steve Carlton won the 300th game of his career, becoming the 16th pitcher to accomplish the feat.

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Steve Carlton started 499 games with 185 complete games, 39 shutouts and 3,031 strikeouts against 1,252 walks in 3,697 innings.

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Steve Carlton was a seven–time All–Star with the Phillies and won the NL Cy Young Award four times: in 1972,1977,1980 and 1982.

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Steve Carlton pitched seven shutout innings in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which he hit a 3–run homer, for his only win as a Giant.

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Steve Carlton became just the second pitcher to reach the 4,000 strikeout mark, after Nolan Ryan.

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Steve Carlton's retirement was brief; he had not submitted paperwork for the voluntary retired list nor did he submit a letter of retirement to the National League.

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Steve Carlton subsequently signed with the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the 1986 season on August 11,1986.

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Steve Carlton was traded to the Minnesota Twins in late July 1987.

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Steve Carlton made the trip to the White House to meet President Reagan along with his Twins teammates.

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When Steve Carlton was photographed with his teammates at the White House, newspapers listed each member of the team with the notable exception of Steve Carlton.

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Steve Carlton eventually fell to third and then fourth place on the all–time strikeout list after Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson passed him.

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Steve Carlton struck out 4,136 batters in his career, setting a record for a left-handed pitcher, and holds many other records for both left-handed and Phillies pitchers.

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Steve Carlton is second in major league history for the most consecutive starts with at least six innings pitched, which was snapped in April 1982.

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Steve Carlton picked 144 runners off base, by far the most in Major League Baseball since pickoff records began being collected in 1957.

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Steve Carlton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 with 95.

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In 1999, Steve Carlton was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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Steve Carlton's losing 19-strikeout effort against the Mets was a microcosm of his career against them.

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Not only that, but Steve Carlton charges, according to Jordan, that President Clinton has a black son he won't acknowledge and that the AIDS virus was created at a secret Maryland biological warfare laboratory to get rid of gays and blacks.

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Steve Carlton was married to Beverly for 33 years, divorcing in 1998.

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