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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton pitched in a total of 24 major league seasons...7 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by 15 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, and then 4 different teams during his last 2 years. He finished his career with 329 wins, which was 11th all-time and the 2nd most by a lefthander, and 244 losses, with a 3.11 ERA.  He won 20 games or more in 6 different seasons, and his best year was 1972 when he won 27 games and lost 10 with a 1.97 Earned Run Average, 30 complete games and 8 shutouts in 41 starts, and 310 strikeouts in 346 innings pitched.  

Carlton struck out 4136 batters, which was 1st all time when he retired although since passed by Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson.  He finished with 709 games started (6th all-time) and 5217 innings pitched (9th all-time) and 55 shutouts (14th all-time).

Carlton was a 10 time National League All-Star, and 4 time National League Cy Young Award Winner. He pitched in the World Series four different seasons and was on part of two World Series Championship Teams.  Carlton was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.


Other Great Lefthanded Pitchers

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​All-Time Greatest Lefthanded Pitchers