- First pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards
- First pitcher to strike out at least 19 batters in a 9 inning game.
- 1972's performance with Phillies will go on record as maybe the most dominating single season performance by a pitcher...27 wins, 30 complete games(!), 310 K's and an ERA of 1.97. All this on a team that went 59-97.
- He was traded for Rick Wise in 1972 because of a contract dispute (Imagine Cards fans if he had been with your club in the 1970's...)
- In 1973, he stopped talking to the media because he was strongly criticized after losing 20 games. In 1981, during Fernando Valenzuela's rookie season, a quote was mentioned stating "the 2 best pitchers in the NL don't speak English, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Carlton". (And reporters wonder why they take so much abuse...)
If anyone has a decent '67 Topps card of him (#146 in the set), this will fit very nicely in my collection.
Thanks for reading...Robert