Carlton becomes lefty strikeout king
Carlton, whose lefty record 2,833rd strikeout came against the Cardinals’ Tony Scott on July 6, 1980, would one day join Club 3,000 and – for a time – hold the all-time strikeout record.
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His win over the Cardinals improved his record to 14-4, and Carlton would win 10 more games that year to finish 24-9 with 286 strikeouts. He would win his third NL Cy Young Award following the season – and picked up the victory in Game 6 of the World Series, the contest that clinched the title for Philadelphia.
Green summed up Carlton’s performance – one that featured 104 pitches on a day where Green estimated the temperature on the field at Busch Stadium reached 130 degrees.
“Later, when Steve is able to reflect on it, I think this record will mean a lot to him,” Green told Gannett News Service.
Carlton was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum