MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Steven Norman "Steve" Carlton was born on December 22, 1944. Nicknamed "Lefty", Carlton played for six different teams from 1965-1988, but is most famous for his 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he won four Cy Young awards (the first ever to do so).

Cartlon's career stats are impressive. He ranks second on the all-time strikeout list for left-handed pitchers, and fourth all-time overall. He is 11th on all-time wins with 329.

Some other interesting accomplishments for Carlton include being the last National League pitcher to win 25 or more games in one season, and holding the record with the most career balks of any pitcher, with 90.

Enjoy some of his best moments:

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