June 16, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 63, Steve Carlton (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

The greatest trade in Philadelphia Phillies history happened because two pitchers wanted more money. In Philadelphia, Rick Wise felt he deserved a huge raise. And why not? He was immensely popular in Philadelphia. He had come off an excellent and highlight-filled 1971 season. He went 17-14 with a 2.88 ERA. He made the All-Star team. He was fifth in the league in shutouts. Also, he threw one of the most famous no-hitters in baseball history against the Big Red Machine, famous not only for its dominance (his walk of Dave Concepción was the only baserunner of the day) but also because Wise hit two home runs in the game. Nobody had ever done that. Nobody has done it…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 63, Steve Carlton” at The Athletic