» May 8, 1901:
In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia's Bill Bernhard, 12-4, behind Cy Young, who has jumped from the St. Louis NL team. Boston is led by Buck Freeman, who has a single, triple and homer. Young complains that he does not like the rule against pitchers warming up but he will still lead the AL with his 1.62 ERA. His 33 wins are 41.8 percent of his teams 79 victories, a post-1900 record, it will stand until Steve Carlton wins 45.8 percent of the Phils 59 wins in 1972. Young also complains about catchers. "I do not like the league rule compelling the catcher to stand behind the bat all the time. It handicaps a pitcher. I cannot extend myself as I would like."
» September 20, 1967: Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 16 batters, including seven in a row, in eight innings but still loses 31 to Chris Short and the Phillies.
» June 21, 1968: It's been a bad week for the Cubs, but they end their scoreless streak at 48 innings, tying a ML mark set in 1906, beating the Reds, 32, behind Joe Niekro. George Culver is the losing pitcher, allowing the Cubs 1st score in the 3rd inning when he gives up a walk with the sacks full. The five straight shutout losses also ties a league mark. The streak started on June 15, the final eight innings of a loss to Atlanta; 10 loss to Phil Niekro in 11 inn; 10 loss to Cards Nelson Briles; 40 one hitter to Steve Carlton; 10 loss to Bob Gibson. During the drought, Fergie Jenkins allows one run in 18 inn and got loss and no decision.
» July 9, 1968: Appropriately, pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays, playing in place of injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the first inning against American League starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the daythe first All-Star effort to end 10. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed, and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to three hits.
» August 31, 1968:
It is a tough month for Mets P Jim McAndrew, as he takes his NL-tying 5th shutout loss. Steve Carlton wins for the Cards 20. McAndrew gave up just six runs in the four losses, losing 20 to Bob Gibson on July 21, and to the Dodgers and Mike Kekich, 20 on August 4. On August 10th and 17th, he narrowed the margin to 10 losses, to the Giants and Houston respectively. The four losses are McAndrew's first ML decisions.
» June 27, 1969: Cubs southpaw Ken Holtzman retires the first 20 batters, before the Cards erupt for two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th to win, 31. Steve Carlton (8-5) strikes out 12.
» September 15, 1969: Steve Carlton of the Cardinals fans a ML-record 19 batters and still loses. Ron Swoboda hits a pair of 2-run home runs, and New York beats St. Louis 43.
» September 24, 1969: Home runs by Donn Clendenon and Ed Charles, and Gary Gentry's 4-hitter, clinch the National League East pennant for the Mets 60 against Steve Carlton and the Cards. As the game ends, a large number of the 54, 928 fans pour onto the field ripping up huge chunks of sod. Seven fans suffer fractures in the celebration.
» May 21, 1970:
Cardinal Steve Carlton strikes out 16 Phillies in eight innings, but the Cards lose, 43 in the 9th. In two days, teammate Bob Gibson will also fan 16 Phillies.
» July 26, 1970: Johnny Bench of the Reds and Orlando Cepeda of the Braves each collect three consecutive homers and seven RBIs during respective games with the Cardinals and Cubs. Bench hits all three off Steve Carlton and adds a single in the Reds 125 win over the Cards. Bench now has 33 homers and 95 RBIs to lead the majors. Cepeda collects his seven RBIs in the Braves 83 win over the Cubs in game 1. His first two are solo shots, and the 3rd follows an intentional walk to Aaron to load the bases. His last RBI comes on a single in the 9th. In the nitecap of the twinbill, Cepeda has three hits but the Cubs win, 76. Glenn Beckert, 2-for-3 in the opener, raps five straight hits in game two to lead Chicago.
» February 25, 1972: The Cardinals trade P Steve Carlton to the Phillies for P Rick Wise. Carlton will go on to win 241 games and four Cy Young Awards for the Phils.
» April 19, 1972: Steve Carlton, facing his former teammates for the first time, scatters three hits in outdueling Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 10. The lone run comes on a Willie Montanez triple and a single by Johnson.
» April 25, 1972: Phillies lefty Steve Carlton allows only a leadoff single to Chris Speier in beating the Giants, 30, for his 2nd shutout in a row. Carlton strikes out 14 to tie the club record for lefties. Juan Marichal (1-2) takes the loss.
» April 29, 1972: Leading the Phillies 40, San Diego ace Steve Arlin loses a no hitter in 9th with two outs when manager Don Zimmer pulls his third baseman in close. Denny Doyle then bounces a ball over the third baseman's head. Arlin finishes with a one-hitter, beating Steve Carlton. Doyle also had the only hit to defeat the Reds Gary Nolan in 1971 and the only hit in a Nolan Ryan one-hitter in 1970.
» July 28, 1972: Steve Carlton wins his 10th straight for the last place Phils, beating the Cubs Milt Pappas, 20. Lefty allows four hits and strikes out 7, while setting the club record for consecutive wins.
» August 17, 1972: Steve Carlton (206) becomes the first 20-game winner as he wins his 15th straight, a 94 Phillie victory over the Reds.
» August 21, 1972: Phil Niekro and the Braves beat the Phillies 21 in 11 innings to snap Steve Carlton's 15-game winning streak. After retiring 19 batters in a row, Carlton (207) puts two runners on in the 11th, before Mike Lum singles home the winner.
» September 3, 1972: Steve Carlton shuts out the Braves 80 for his 8th whitewash of the season. This is the most for a Phillies' pitcher since Pete Alexander in 1917.
» September 15, 1972: Steve Carlton beats the Expos 53, raising his record to 24-9. The rest of the Phillies pitchers have a combined record of 26-80.
» October 3, 1972:
Steve Carlton wins his 27th game for the last-place Phillies, (59-97), as they pound out six home runs in an 111 win over Chicago. Carlton's total is the highest by a Phillies pitcher in 20 years.
» November 2, 1972: Steve Carlton caps off a remarkable season with a unanimous National League Cy Young Award.
» May 9, 1973: The Reds Johnny Bench slugs three home runs and knocks in seven runs in a 97 defeat of Steve Carlton and the Phillies. Bench homers in the 1st, walks in the 3rd, and homers again in the 5th and 7th. It is the 2nd time Bench has hit three home runs in a game against Carlton; the first came on July 26, 1970. Bench ties a major-league record with four consecutive homers, having hit one in his final at bat last night in the Reds 71 win. Despite the three homers, Dave Concepcion's 2-run homer in the 9th, off Barry Lersch, is the game-winner.
» September 1, 1974:
With Carlton Fisk out through the end of the season, the Red Sox purchase C Tim McCarver from the Cardinals. McCarver will play just 11 games this year and 12 next spring in Boston before being reunited with Steve Carlton in Philadelphia.
» April 17, 1976: With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Mike Schmidt leads a Phils' assault with a single, four consecutive home runs, and eight RBIs to overcome a 121 deficit after three innings and beat the Cubs in 10 innings, 1816. Chicago had tied in the 9th after the Phils took a 1513 lead. Schmidt hits one homer off Mike Garman, two off Rick Reuschel, and the last, a 2-run homer, off Rick's brother, Paul in the 10th. He's the first National Leaguer in modern times to hit four homers in a row. Tug McGraw, who departs for a pinch hitter after Schmidt's last blow, is the winner, though two more pitchers are needed. The Phils use seven pitchers, including starter Steve Carlton.
» August 17, 1977:
Montreal ends the Phillies' 13-game win streak with a bang, winning 130. Stan Bahnsen is the winner over Steve Carlton. The 13 games is a club record for this century: three times in the 19th C the club won 16 straight.
» November 2, 1977: The Phillies Steve Carlton outpoints the Dodgers Tommy John to win his 2nd Cy Young Award. Carlton led the National League with 23 wins, losing 10, and posting a 2.64 ERA.
» October 6, 1978:
The Phillies stay alive with a 94 win in the National League game, led by the pitching and hitting (HR, single, four RBI) of Steve Carlton.
» June 1, 1979: In his first game in Cincinnati as a member of the Phillies, Pete Rose gets a standing ovation before lining out in his first at bat. Before the game, Rose is given a trophy as the Reds Most Valuable Player in 1978, the award voted on by the Cincy chapter of the BBWAA. Pete goes 0-for-4 as the Reds beat Steve Carlton, 42. Carlton, batting 8th ahead of Harrelson, is 0-for-3.
» July 4, 1979: The Phillies Steve Carlton shuts out the Mets 10 on a one-hitter, but the Phils manage to lose three other hurlers on the same day: Larry Christenson pulls a groin muscle, Dick Ruthven goes on the disabled list, and Randy Lerch fractures his thumb in a brawl.
» April 26, 1980: Steve Carlton of the Phillies sets the modern National League record with his 6th career one-hitter, a 70 shutout of former team the Cardinals. Carlton will go 60 against St. Louis this year, the last pitcher this century to win six games in a season against one team.
» July 6, 1980: Steve Carlton (14-4) becomes the major leagues' lefthanded strikeout king, fanning seven Cardinals in an 83 Phillies win to bring his career total to 2,836. Mickey Lolich had held the record with 2,832.
» August 27, 1980: Phillies Steve Carlton (20-7) becomes the first National League pitcher to win 20 games this season, combining with Tug McGraw to beat the Dodgers, 43. Carlton will win an NL-high 24 games, while pitching 304 innings, the last ML pitcher to throw more than 300 innings in a season.
» October 1, 1980: Steve Carlton fires a two hitter and the Phils beat the Cubs, 50. Mike Vail's leadoff single in the 8th is the first hit off Carlton. Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski hit back-to-back homers in the 6th, off Dennis Lamp, as the Phils remain a half-game out of first place.
» October 7, 1980: Phillies stars shine in the NLCS opener. Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw hold the Astros to one run, and Greg Luzinski cracks a 2-run homer. Final score is 31.
» November 4, 1980: Steve Carlton joins Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Jim Palmer as the only pitchers to win three Cy Young Awards, garnering 23 of 24 first-place votes to take National League honors. Carlton was 24-9 with a 2.34 ERA and led the NL with 286 strikeouts.
» April 29, 1981: Philadelphia's Steve Carlton strikes out the side (Tim Raines, Jerry Manuel, and Tim Wallach) in the first inning of a 62 win over the Expos to become the first lefthander in ML history (and 6th pitcher overall) to record 3,000 career strikeouts.
» September 21, 1981: Steve Carlton fans 12 Expos in 10 innings to break Bob Gibson's National League strikeout record (Carlton now has 3,128), but the Phillies lose to the Expos 10 in 17 innings. Montreal's Bryn Smith retires just one batter, but picks up his first ML victory.
» April 24, 1982: The Cardinals win their 12th game in a row 74 over the Phillies. St. Louis will finally lose tomorrow 84 to Philadelphia, as Steve Carlton wins his first game of the season after four straight defeats.
» June 9, 1982: Steve Carlton strikes out 16 while handing the Cubs their 10th consecutive loss, 42. Carlton is now 76 after an 04 start.
» July 25, 1982: Steve Carlton pitches his 50th career shutout, a 10 five-hitter against the Dodgers and Jerry Reuss.
» August 4, 1982: OF Joel Youngblood becomes the first ML player ever to play for two different teams in two different cities on the same day, and collects a hit in each game. After going 1-for-2 off Fergie Jenkins in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field, a 74 Mets win, Youngblood is traded from the Mets to the Expos and flies to Philadelphia in time to enter the game that night in the 6th inning, going 1-for-1 off another Hall of Famer, Steve Carlton. The Phils beat the Expos, 54.
» August 17, 1982: Cincinnati's Mario Soto fans 15 Mets in a 92 victory to raise his league-leading total to 209. Soto walks none. He will finish the season with 274 strikeouts, 2nd only to Steve Carlton's 286. The Reds Cesar Cedeno steals his 500th base, just the 10th player in history to reach that level.
» September 13, 1982: Steve Carlton (20-9) shuts out St. Louis 20 on three hits and raps a solo home run to become the major league's first 20-game winner this season.
» October 26, 1982: Steve Carlton wins the National League Cy Young Award for the 4th time, a record unmatched by any pitcher. The Phils 37-year-old lefthander, who led the NL in wins (23), innings (2952/3), strikeouts (286), and shutouts (6), was a previous winner in 1972, 1977, and 1980. He joins Walter Johnson and Willie Mays as the only players to be voted MVP or Cy Young winner 10 or more years apart.
» March 3, 1983: Steve Carlton agrees to a 4-year, $4.15 million contract with the Phillies that will make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history.
» April 27, 1983: In a 42 win over the Expos, Nolan Ryan strikes out Brad Mills to move a strikeout ahead of Walter Johnson and become baseball's all-time leader at 3,509. Ryan will finish the season at 3,677, with Steve Carlton leading at 3,709.
» May 4, 1983: Johnny Bench collects his 2,000th career hit, a single off Steve Carlton in a 94 Cincinnati loss to the Phillies.
» May 20, 1983: In a 50 loss to the Padres, Steve Carlton strikes out four batters to move past Walter Johnson into 2nd place on baseball's all-time strikeout list. Carlton's 3,511 strikeouts leave him 10 behind Nolan Ryan, who broke Johnson's record earlier this season.
» June 7, 1983: Steve Carlton overtakes Nolan Ryan as baseball's all-time strikeout leader, fanning six batters in a 21 loss to the Cardinals to bring his career total to 3,526. In Houston, Ryan strikes out three Giants while getting no decision in the Astros' 42 win, leaving him with 3,525.
» June 12, 1983: In the first complete game of his career in which he does not walk at least one batter, Nolan Ryan strikes out 11 Padres in a 20 shutout to move back into a first-place tie with Steve Carlton with 3,535 career strikeouts. The two will trade the lead back and forth start by start for much of the summer, but by the end of the season Carlton will have pulled ahead, 3,709 to 3,677.
» July 18, 1983: Despite being in first place in the National League East, the Phillies fire manager Pat Corrales because the team is "not playing up to its potential." GM Paul Owens will manage the club instead. Managing his first game, the Phils drop a 92 decision as the Astros shell Steve Carlton. It's his 11th loss of the year and drops the Phils into a tie for 2nd place with the Pirates.
» July 27, 1983: While picking up his first win as a member of the Royals, Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the 3rd pitcher this season to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, fanning four Indians in a 54 victory to raise his total to 3,501.
» August 24, 1983: 1B Pete Rose does not play in the Phillies 53 loss to the Giants, ending his consecutive games played streak at 745. Manager Paul Owens had planned to use Rose as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning, but Joel Youngblood ends the game with a 2-run home run off Steve Carlton in the bottom of the 9th.
» September 15, 1983: Behind Marty Bystrom's 5-hit win the Phils sweep the Expos, 95. Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan and Len Matuszek (his first in the majors) hit homers to back Steve Carlton's 298th career win.
» September 23, 1983: Steve Carlton becomes the 16th pitcher in ML history to win 300 games and the Phillies inch closer to the National League East title with a 62 win over the Cardinals.
» May 16, 1984: Steve Carlton lifts a grand slam off Fernando Valenzuela to lead the Phillies to a 72 win over the Dodgers.
» May 23, 1984: In a rematch against Steve Carlton, who hit a grand slam off him on May 16th, Fernando Valenzuela strikes out 15 Phillies while pitching the Dodgers to a 3-hit 10 victory.
» July 27, 1984: Pete Rose collects his 3,053rd career single off Steve Carlton in the 7th inning of Montreal's 61 win over Philadelphia, passing Ty Cobb as baseball's all-time singles king.
» September 5, 1984:
At San Francisco, Nolan Ryan pitches eight innings, striking out eight in beating the Giants, 41. Ryan strikes out Giants Chili Davis to nudge ahead of Steve Carlton in all time strike outs.
» April 29, 1986: Twenty-three-year-old Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 batters in a 31 win over Seattle, breaking the major-league record of 19 shared by Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, and Tom Seaver. Clemens doesn't walk a batter, allows just three hits, and ties the American League record (Ryan and Davis) with eight consecutive strikeouts in the middle innings.
» June 25, 1986:
The Phillies give 41-year-old Steve Carlton his unconditional release and call up Bruce Ruffin to take his place in the starting rotation.
» August 5, 1986: The Reds pound the Giants' new pitcher Steve Carlton for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to win 116. Carlton records his 4,000th strikeout to join Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to reach that plateau. The Giants will release Carlton on the 7th and he will join the White Sox.
» August 17, 1986:
Steve Carlton wins his first American League game and the 320th of his career as the White Sox beat the Brewers 74.
» April 8, 1987:
Pitchers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Indians team up to beat the Blue Jays, 143. Niekro wins his 312th and Carlton tosses four innings of relief. It is the first time two 300-game winners have pitched in the same game as teammates.
» June 22, 1987: Tom Seaver abandons his comeback attempt with the injury-riddled Mets and retires with a career W-L record of 311-205, an ERA of 2.86, 3,640 strikeouts (3rd on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton), and 61 shutouts (7th).
» July 30, 1987: The Pirates trade P Don Robinson to the Giants for minor league catcher Mackey Sasser and cash. The Indians trade fading veteran Steve Carlton to the Twins for a player to be named later.
» May 4, 1988: Joe Niekro, 43, is released by the Twins, joining Steve Carlton and Tippy Martinez as the 3rd veteran pitcher to be released by the club since Opening Day.
» July 30, 1990:
Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th 300 game winner in history, in a 113 Texas win over Milwaukee. Ryan is not around to finish, joining Steve Carlton and Early Wynn as the only pitchers not to hurl a complete game for their 300th win.
» November 13, 1990: Oakland's Bob Welch wins the American League Cy Young Award. His 27 wins were the most in the majors since Steve Carlton in 1972.
» July 23, 1991: Texas's Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox. Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan's 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record.
» January 12, 1994:
Steve Carlton is elected to baseballs Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls 7 votes short of the 75% required for election.
» July 31, 1994:
Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.