Carlton was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. Did you know that in 1972, Steve Carlton won 27 games for the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, a team that had only won 59 games all season? The following year, he led the league in wins with 31. He went on to lead the league in victories six times more, finishing his career with five straight years of 30 or more wins.
Carlton's career 3.12 ERA is the lowest among pitchers who have recorded at least 10,000 innings pitched. He ranks fifth all time in strikeouts with 4,385.
Carlton never appeared in the World Series, but he did win the National League MVP Award in 1981 when he had a record of 33-4. That same year, the Phillies won the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Carlton died of cancer on June 1, 2009 at the age of 57.
Yes, Steve Carlton is a Hall of Famer. He earned his place in baseball history by helping the Philadelphia Phillies win three consecutive National League East titles from 1979 to 1981. In addition, he ranked among the top five leaguers in wins each year from 1973 to 1977.
In 1978, Carlton led the Phillies to their third consecutive division title with a 16-13 record. The Phillies finished fourth in the difficult National League East in 1979, but Carlton had a fantastic year. He went 18-11 and was named to the All-Star squad for the eighth time. He threw two no-hitters. The first one was on May 7 against the San Diego Padres and the second one was on June 15 against the Montreal Expos.
Carlton ended up winning the NL Cy Young Award after he had a 1.77 ERA and struck out 217 batters in 200 innings pitched. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to have at least 20 wins and 100 strikeouts three seasons in a row.
After his success with the Phillies, Carlton signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won 21 games for the Blue Jays in 1980 but an injury plagued season caused him to miss the entire 1981 season. After one more good season, Carlton retired from baseball.
Overall, Steve Carlton had a very good career with the Philadelphia Phillies. He won three World Series rings with the team and made four All-Star appearances. In 1993, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
Carlton led the league in wins four times during his 15-year career with the Phillies, winning 20 or more games five times. In 1981, the 10-time All-Star went on to win four Cy Young Awards and a Gold Glove Award. On September 24, 1983, he became the 16th pitcher in history to win 300 games. He is also one of only nine pitchers to record at least three no-hitters during their career.
In addition to his four 20-win seasons, Carlton also had two other seasons where he finished with 19 victories. He had one season where he lost 19 games as well (1975).
Steve Carlton's 20-game winner streaks are still active today. He currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies and is still very effective at age 46. Between April 1992 and October 1996, he never lost more than 3 games in a row. During that time period, he recorded 4 years with 200+ innings pitched and 32 or more wins. In 1997, his final season with the Phillies, he went 21-8 with a 2.56 ERA to help lead his team to its first World Series title in 38 years.
Carlton now stands among the most accomplished pitchers in MLB history. His 324 victories rank 12th all-time and his 3,714 strikeouts 13th.
He has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by both the Veterans Committee and the Modern Baseball Committees.
Steve Carlton won the National League Pitching Triple Crown in 1972, leading the league in wins (27), strikeouts (310) and earned run average (1.97). Carlton was the first Phillies left-handed pitcher to win the Triple Crown, and no pitcher from Philadelphia—lefty or righty—has dominated the league in those three numbers since Lefty.
27-Steve Carlton won a career-high 27 games in 1972, a great performance in and of itself, but his team—the last-place Phillies—had won a total of 59 games for the season (giving Lefty 46 percent of his team's victories that year).
The St. Louis Cardinals signed him as an amateur free agent on October 8, 1963. The St. Louis Cardinals traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Wise on February 25, 1972. He was released by the Phillies on June 24, 1986.
On July 29, 1989, the Philadelphia Phillies retired Steve Carlton's # 32 jersey as part of "Steve Carlton Night." 90-Steve Carlton concluded his career with 90 balks, which is a Major League record.
Palmer was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Is Jim Palmer the only pitcher to win World Series games in three decades, as he did for the Orioles in the Fall Classics of 1966, 1970, 1971, and 1983? Yes, although several others have done so.
In his career, Palmer won 287 games while losing 209, with a 3.52 ERA. He had 2850 strikeouts and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
Jim Palmer started his major league career in 1958 with the Chicago White Sox. In 10 seasons with them, he went 87-75 with a 3.94 ERA. He led the American League in losses four times. The White Sox released him after the 1972 season and he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. There he became one of the best pitchers in baseball history, winning three World Series titles between 1978 and 1982. In all, Palmer pitched seven World Series games and had an impressive record of 5-1. He earned the nickname "The Maniac" during his time with the White Sox because of his intense competitive spirit.
After retiring from baseball, Palmer returned to the Orioles as their manager. He managed them until 1996 when he stepped down to focus on his broadcasting career. During his tenure as manager, he never had a losing season and always placed first or second in the AL East.
Statistics on a career For a pitcher, Carlton was a competent batter. He hit in 1,710 career at-bats. 201 hits, 13 home runs, 123 runs scored, and 140 RBI. Carlton batted in the postseason. He had 11 hits in 70 at-bats with one homer and nine RBI.
He won three awards in his career: The Cy Young Award in 1983, the MVP Award in 1980 (when he also led the league in wins), and the Golden Spikes Award in 1981 (given to the best college player).
Carlton's 3,140 strikeouts are second only to Randy Johnson's number of strikes thrown (564). In addition, Carlton has the most victories by a pitcher with 200 or more innings pitched (218).
Carlton was born on January 4th, 1959 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was raised by his single mother who worked as a waitress. When Steve was 12 years old, she married an alcoholic who abused both him and his sister. After their father died, Steve and his sister moved in with their grandmother so they could get away from their abusive stepfather.
During this time, Carlton began to show an interest in baseball. He would spend hours watching game videos and reading about players' careers.