In 1971, his seventh season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Steve Carlton won twenty games for the first time in his career. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after that year and would go on to win 20+ five more times, including four Cy Young Awards. He would spend fourteen more seasons in Philadelphia and would dominate National League hitters, winning even when the hapless Phillies could not. In 1980 he would win 24 games with a 2.34 ERA en route to leading the Phils to the first World Championship in their 97-year history. He would continue to pitch until 1988, an amazing 24-year career that resulted in 329 wins.
Carlton gave up two home runs to Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh in an exhibition game in 1968.
April 22, 2012