But just as important, it freed him from a dictum that St. Louis management had put down: He was not to throw a slider. His next start would be against the one team he had yet to beat in 1972: the Cincinnati Reds. Carlton had a fastball in the 95-mph range, and a big, slow-breaking curveball. With the Expos down 3-2 in the top of the ninth, the first two batters, Mashore and Bailey, went down swinging for Carlton’s seventh and eighth strikeouts of the game, as the hometown crowd roared its approval. document.write(update); (Age 20-111d, Cumulative monthly totals are provided where applicable. There was nothing accidental about it. Reynolds also says other pitchers never minded that the team seemed to play better when Carlton pitched. 8 Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, August 14, 1972. Steve Carlton appeared in 41 Major League games during Stroke, stroke, stroke, and when he got through (pitching a game) it was a masterpiece. "We were probably the first team that St. Louis called," recalled former Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter, who would later take over the team from his father, Bob, as owner and president. Are you a Steve Carlton fan? And Carlton wasn't helping matters. Lack of run support had been McAnally’s problem; his teammates had scored just 21 runs in his 13 decisions and were shut out four times, including June 25, when Carlton blanked McAnally and the Expos, 1-0. Philadelphia Phillies 3Montreal Expos 2Game 1, DH. Copyright 1999- (Voted by BBWAA on 436/456 ballots) That’s when the Great Wallenda came to mind. After Dodgers pitcher Tommy John struck out the next two hitters, it was Carlton's turn to bat. On the basis of that performance, he had been seeking a raise for the 1972 season, from $40,000 to $90,000 a year. "He [Carlton] was a good teammate," said Reynolds, who was 2-15 in '72, his second full season in the majors. He played in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher for six different teams from 1965 to 1988, most notably as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies with whom he won four Cy Young Awards as well as the 1980 World Series.He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. "Steve was a mind-over-matter guy. "Carlton was as focused as any pitcher who ever lived. But if it happens, I will just have to take it.”4. We were a young team without experience, and maybe it was because we knew we didn't have to score many runs that we elevated our play when he went out there.". After a fielder’s choice and a fly out, Willie Montanez sent a low liner to the right-center-field wall, his fifth hit in his last six at-bats, for an RBI double.