This Day In Sports History (July 29th) — Steve Carlton

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It was on this day in 1989 that the Philadelphia Phillies retired the #32 formerly worn by Steve Carlton.  Carlton spent 15 seasons as a member of the Phillies and joined Richie Ashburn (#1), Jim Bunning (#14), Mike Schmidt (#20) and Robin Roberts (#36) as the only men to have their numbers retired by Philadelphia.

Steve Carlton enjoyed the best years of his career while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He joined the club in 1972 and made seven all-star appearances.  He also led Philadelphia to a World Series title in 1980 and in that same season he won his third of four career Cy Young awards.

Along with the five men that have their numbers retired by the Phillies, there is also Jackie Robinson’s #42 that is retired by every team in Major League Baseball.  Also, Grover Cleveland played in the era before MLB used uniform numbers, so he is honored with the letter “P”, along with Chuck Klein, who wore a variety of numbers with the Phillies throughout his career.

Here is an interview with Steve Carlton.

Notable Birthdays

Damon Allen, CFL – Born July 29th 1963 (age 50) in San Diego, California

Ronald “Flip” Murray, NBA – Born July 29th 1979 (age 34) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chad Billingsley, MLB – Born July 29th 1984 (age 29) in Defiance, Ohio

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