He was known as “The Meal Ticket” or “King Carl”, and the lefty screwball specialist was undeniably one of the premier pitchers in the game during the 1930s. He is famously remembered for his stellar performance in the 1934 All-Star game played at the Polo Grounds, when he fanned five future Hall of Famers in succession. But, during his 16 seasons as the ace of the New York Giants staff he was so much more. The 9 time All-Star posted career totals of 1677 strikeouts, a 2.98 ERA, 36 shutouts, .622 winning pct., and a 253-154 record. He led the National League in wins 3 times, won 20+ games in 5 consecutive seasons, led in ERA 3 times, in strikeouts once, pitched a no-hitter in 1929, and over the 1936-1937 seasons he won 24 consecutive games. He was named the National League MVP in 1933 & 1936.
The Giants retired his #11 in 1944, becoming the first National League player to receive that honor.
He was elected to Cooperstown via the BBWAA in 1947.
May 31, 2016