This Day in Baseball History
Sunday 29th of April 2012
April 29, 1981 - In front of 30,142 Phans at Veterans’ Stadium, Philadelphia Phillies LHP, Steve Carlton, becomes the 1st LHP to strike out 3,000 batters with his 1st inning strike out of Montreal Expo’s Tim Wallach (3B). Carlton gets the win 6-2 in 9 innings against the Expos’ Steve Rogers.
A 4-time Cy Young winner, “Lefty” was the only “winner” on the 1972 Phillies (59-97) winning 27 games (46%) that season. He still holds the record as the only National League pitcher to win more than 25 games in a single season and is the last pitcher to have thrown more than 300 innings in a season. The Phils retired Carlton’s #32 in 1989 and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
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