Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17

1987 Fleer #635 - Steve Carlton

On this day in 1986, Steve Carlton was picked up on waivers by the Chicago White Sox.

Carlton had just struck out Eric Davis for his 4,000th strikeout, when the San Francisco Giants decided to cut ties with him. Steve had performed very sub-par for the Giants and when the allure of the milestone strikeout was over, so was Carlton's welcome.

Steve performed very well for the 1986 White Sox, during his short stint in Chicago. He won four games in ten starts for the Pale Hose, but was released after the season.

It always seemed weird to me that Steve Carlton's Fleer card commemorating his 4,000th strikeout, showed him in a White Sox uniform instead of a Giants uniform. Who am I to complain though? I didn't approve that mess.

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