Steve Carlton was an extremely focused competitor with complete dedication to excellence. He thrived on the mound by physically and mentally challenging himself off the field. His out-pitch, a hard, biting slider complemented a great fastball. He won 329
Steve "Lefty" Carlton was born in Miami, Florida in December of 1944, played little league, American Legion ball, and pitched for Miami-Dade Community College. In 1963 while at Miami-Dade, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals for a $5,000 bonus. He broke in with the Cards in 1965 but saw quite limited action. After 19 class AAA starts, he was recalled in late 1966 and took a regular place in the Redbirds rotation. He was second in wins (14-9), and era 2.98, and innings pitched (193) for the pennant-winning 1967 Cardinals. Carlton earned a start in Game 5 of the 1967 World Series, with the Cards ahead three games to one. Facing Boston Red Sox ace and future Phillie teammate Jim Lonborg, Carlton allowed only one unearned run on an error and two singles in six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter, trailing 1-0; he was eventually tagged with the loss. In the 1968 Series, Carlton made a pair of relief appearances in the Card'se seven-game loss to Detroit. [+]
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