Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies

Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies

by Bruce Morgan


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Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies by Bruce Morgan

In 1972, the Philadelphia Phillies experienced one of their worst seasons in franchise history, finishing with an abysmal 59–97 record. Yet throughout this disastrous season, Steve “Lefty” Carlton proved to be a diamond in the rough. In his first year with the club, he led the league with 27 wins, eight shutouts, and a sizzling 1.98 ERA, earning an astounding 45.8 percent of Philadelphia’s wins. He also won his first Cy Young award, the first pitcher to do so with a last-place team. This work chronicles Carlton’s magical season, including the Rick Wise-for-Carlton trade, his 5-1 start following the players’ first-ever strike, his 15-game winning streak, and a number of memorable games along the way. Interviews with Phillies icons, Hall of Famers, and legendary sports writers add insights to this account of Carlton’s remarkable achievements amidst one of the most calamitous periods in Phillies history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786468362
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bruce Morgan is a reporter and sports editor for the Lititz Record Express in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Jaw Dropping Numbers 3

2 The Trade 13

3 Hope Springs Eternal 20

4 Lefty's Striking Start 26

5 Catching the Fever 44

6 Tailspin Takes Over 51

7 Carlton Slumps 62

8 Desperate Times 71

9 Protecting His Teammates 86

10 Finishing What He Started 103

11 The New Manager 112

12 The Streak Marches On 134

13 Lum Breaks It Up 154

14 A Wise Encounter 169

Conclusion: How Does '72 Rank? 177

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 197

Index 215

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