Monday, October 13, 2003
Updated: August 31, 4:48 PM ET
Toast of the Town
By Mike Puma
Special to ESPN.com
Oct. 21, 1980 -Steve Carlton pitched seven dominant innings against the Kansas City Royals, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory in Game 6 of the World Series and the first world championship in franchise history.
Carlton allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts for his second victory in the Series.
"I can remember telling my wife: 'This is the last game, be ready to celebrate tonight,' " shortstop Larry Bowa said. "We walked into the locker room that night and we knew [Kansas City] had no chance. Everybody in our locker room knew it."
After the game, Carlton gathered his teammates in the trainer's room and opened a bottle of vintage champagne, raising a glass to toast the Phillies.
Odds 'n' Ends
Carlton played two years (1965-66) in the Puerto Rican winter league.
After the Cardinals traded Carlton, he went 38-14 against them.
The Phillies built Carlton a $15,000 "mood behavior" room next to their clubhouse. The room was sound proof, allowing Carlton to meditate before his starts.
Carlton had a routine of placing his pitching arm in a trashcan of brown rice and rotating it.
He is a student of yoga.
He once had a million-dollar wine cellar.
Billy Williams once hit a line drive off Carlton's neck. Carlton waved off the trainer and remained in the game.
Carlton has the most starts (709) by a lefthanded pitcher.
He threw six one-hitters.
He set a major league record by making 544 consecutive appearances without pitching in relief.
Carlton finished fifth in the National League MVP voting in 1972, 1977 and 1980.
He won a Gold Glove in 1981.
He led the NL in games started four times and in complete games three times.
Carlton struck out 10 or more batters 82 times.
In the 1970s, Tim McCarver became Carlton's personal catcher.
In 1972, Carlton set a Phillies record with 15 straight victories.
Carlton topped 300 innings in 1972 and 1980. Eleven times, he pitched at least 250 innings.
His 23 victories in 1982 at 37 were the most for any NL pitcher that age.
After winning his 300th game, in 1983, Carlton surrounded himself with a police escort and fled the clubhouse to avoid reporters.
He was a lifetime .201 hitter with 13 home runs.
In 1977, he hit three homers and the next season he batted .291 with 13 RBIs.
In the postseason, Carlton was 6-6 with a 3.17 ERA.
Carlton says doctors found eight bone chips in his left shoulder soon after his retirement in 1988.
His No. 32 was retired by the Phillies on July 29, 1989.
Carlton considered Johnny Bench the toughest batter he ever faced.
In 1994, in his first year of eligibility, Carlton was named on 95.82 percent of the ballots for the Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Bench are the only four players to have received greater support.
Carlton didn't invite his parents or his sisters to his Cooperstown induction. He set aside 30 tickets for former high school teammates.
After the 2000 season, Carlton interviewed for the job of pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but then withdrew his name from consideration.
Carlton fell out of the top 10 in wins (at 329) when Greg Maddux passed him in 2006.