Carlton, Steve

Steven Norman Carlton
Born: December 22, 1944, Miami, Florida
Played For: 
St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1971), Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1986), Chicago White Sox (1986), San Francisco Giants (1986), Cleveland Indians (1987), Minnesota Twins (1987-1988)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1994

Steve Carlton was an extremely focused competitor with complete dedication to excellence. He thrived on the mound by physically and mentally challenging himself off the field. His out-pitch, a hard, biting slider, complemented a great fastball. He won 329 games -- second only to Warren Spahn among lefties -- and his 4,136 strikeouts were exceeded only by Nolan Ryan at the time of his retirement. Lefty once notched 19 strikeouts in a game, compiled six 20-win seasons and was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that in 1972, Steve Carlton won 27 games for the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, a team that only won 59 games all season?
Hitting him is like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Willie Stargell