3. Steve Carlton
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 22, 1944 in Miami, FL USA
  • Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 12, 1965
  • Final Game: April 23, 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1971
  • Cy Young Award - 1972
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1972
  • TSN All-Star - 1972
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1972
  • Cy Young Award - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1979
  • Cy Young Award - 1980
  • TSN All-Star - 1980
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • Cy Young Award - 1982
  • TSN All-Star - 1982
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1982
 
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Steve Carlton did so much in his Hall of Fame career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies that it is easy to forget that he already brought a decent resume before he became a member of the Phillies.  His run with St. Louis saw him win a World Series, go to three All Star Games and he already was a 20 Game winner.  That is good, but with Philadelphia he became a superstar.

The first season he was with the Phillies, he won 27 Games…on a team that only won 59 all year.  This was the last time that anyone in the NL has won 25 Games.  The man dubbed “Lefty” may not have had another season like ’72, but he still had more excellent campaigns in him and he would add three more Cy Youngs to the his first one. 

Carlton was a bit of an eccentric figure who trained in unique fashion and decided early in his tenure to disassociate himself with all media.  While this certainly made him a little hard to write about if you were a beat writer, he gave fans so much to watch.  In addition to winning 241 Games for Philly, he struckout 3,031 batters.  He still has the career record for whiffs by a lefthander.  More importantly, he matched something he accomplished in St. Louis…he helped Philadelphia win a World Series.

Carlton entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1948 Season.
  • Departed: Purchased by the New York Yankees 10/16/61.
  • Games Played: 499
  • Notable Statistics: 241-161 Record
    499 Games Started
    3.09 ERA
    185 Complete Games
    3,697.1 Innings Pitched
    3,031 Strikeouts
    3.05 FIP
    1.171 WHIP
    69.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1980)

    Cy Young Award (1972, 1977, 1980 & 1982)

    All Star Game (1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982)

    Gold Glove (1981)

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1972, 1980 & 1981)

    Lowest Earned Run Average (1972)

    Most Wins (1972, 1977, 1980 & 1982)

    Lowest WHIP (1954)

    Lowest BB/9 (1952, 1953, 1954 & 1956)

    Highest SO/9 (1981 & 1983)

    Most Innings Pitched (1972, 1973, 1980, 1982 & 1983)

    Most Strikeouts (1972, 1974, 1980, 1982 & 1983)

    Most Games Started (1972, 1973, 1980 & 1982)

    Most Complete Games (1972, 1973 & 1982)

    Most Shutouts (1982)

    Highest SO/BB (1972 & 1980)

    Highest ERA+ (1972 & 1980)

    Lowest FIP (1972, 1980 & 1982)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1972 & 1980)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1971, 1976, 1980, 1981 & 1984)
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