Lefty and Tim: How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball's Best Battery

Lefty and Tim: How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball's Best Battery

Lefty and Tim: How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball's Best Battery

Lefty and Tim: How Steve Carlton and Tim McCarver Became Baseball's Best Battery

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Lefty and Tim is the dual biography of Hall of Fame pitcher Steve “Lefty” Carlton and catcher Tim McCarver, detailing their relationship from 1965, when they played with the St. Louis Cardinals, through 1980, when they played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Along the way McCarver became Carlton’s personal catcher, and together they became the best battery in baseball in the mid-to-late 1970s.

At first glance Carlton and McCarver appear like an odd couple: McCarver was old school, Carlton new age. At the beginning of his career, McCarver believed that the catcher called the pitches, encouraged the pitcher when necessary, and schooled the pitcher when he deviated from the game plan. But Lefty, who pioneered the use of meditation and martial arts in baseball, was stubborn too. He wanted to control pitch selection. Over time, Carlton and McCarver developed a strong bond off the diamond that allowed them to understand and trust each other. In the process, Steve Carlton became one of the greatest left-handers in the history of Major League Baseball, an achievement that would not have been possible without Tim McCarver as his catcher. Not only did McCarver mentor Carlton as a young hurler with the Cardinals, but he helped resurrect Carlton’s career when they were reunited in Philadelphia midseason in 1975. Carlton won his second Cy Young Award with McCarver behind the plate in 1977.

Told in the historical context of the time they played the game, Lefty and Tim recounts the pair’s time in the tumultuous sixties, with the racial integration of the St. Louis Cardinals and the dominance of pitching, and in the turbulent seventies, characterized by MLB’s labor tensions, the arrival of free agency, and the return of the lively ball that followed the lowering of the pitcher’s mound in 1969.
 


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ISBN-13: 9781496232168
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 06/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 630,459
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

William C. Kashatus is a historian, educator, and the author of more than twenty books, including Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball’s Unwritten Code (Nebraska, 2017) and Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line (Nebraska, 2014). Larry Christenson is a former professional baseball player who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies between 1973 and 1983.
William C. Kashatus holds a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line (Nebraska, 2014). He has also published essays in a multitude of periodicals, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, American History Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kashatus has appeared on NPR and Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as on many local television and radio stations.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Larry Christenson
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Always a Catcher
2. Odd Couple
3. Learning Curve
4. Moneyball
5. Reunited
6. Drinking Coffee with a Fork
7. Sphinx of the Schuylkill
8. McCarver’s Pitch
9. Lefty
10. Closer Than Sixty Feet, Six Inches
11. Mastery and Mystery
12. Cooperstown Bound
Appendix A: Baseball’s Best Battery
Appendix B: Steve Carlton’s Career Pitching Statistics
Appendix C: Tim McCarver’s Career Batting Statistics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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