Doylestown Daily Intelligencer - November 5, 1980

Carlton Wins Cy Young Award

 

By the Associated Press

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Carlton, to the surprise of no one, is the National League Cy Young award winner for a record-tying third time.

 

And, just about here, there should be comments from the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander about how it feels to be honored again as the league's best pitcher.

 

But. Carlton, who played a key role in leading the Phillies to their first World Championship, was, as he has been to the media, unavailable.

 

He was voted the honor Tuesday by a Baseball Writers Association of America panel, and joined Tom Seaver and Sandy Koufax as the only three-time winners of the coveted award.

 

The fiercely private Carlton has refused to talk to the media for the past several seasons. That policy continued through the playoffs and the World Series and he was not even available to be notified that he had won the award.

 

He had been expected to go to Japan this week to conduct some baseball clinics with teammates Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose, but the trip was cancelled and the pitcher went hunting instead. Carlton's wife said she did not know where he was when the award was announced and added he was expected to be away for about a week.

 

But other people, as usual, spoke in his stead. "It (the Cy Young Award) was a very clear cut choice." said Bob Boone. his catcher. "He was just outstanding, especially considering the number of innings he worked and his strikeout total. His slider is an awesome pitch with great control.

 

"I liken it to (the Cubs) Bruce's split-fingered fastball because it turns into an unhittable pitch. But 'Lefty' is just not a slider pitcher. He's got two other great pitches. A remarkable feat was his consistency all year long."

 

The Phillie southpaw was 24-9 with a 2.34 earned run average during the regular season, leading the majors with 286 strikeouts. He was the winning pitcher in the opening game of the National League Championship Series against Houston and also won the second and sixth games of the World Series against Kansas City.

 

Carlton, who previously won the award in 1972 and 1977, was the Phillies' stopper and Manager Dallas Green marvelled at Carlton's performance.

 

"His ability to stay within himself adds to the mystique of his pitching and enabled him to maintain concentration on the field as well as off," said Green. "I can't say enough about what Carlton did. His dedication and hard work enabled him to maintain his quality of pitching, especially at his age (35)."

 

In the voting. Carlton drew 118 points, with 23 of 24 first place votes and one second-place ballot.  Jerry Reuss of the Los Angeles Dodgers got the other first-place vote and wound up a distant second with 55 points. Jim Bibby of the Pittsburgh Pirates was third with 28. followed by Joe Niekro of the Houston Astros with 11 and Tug McGraw of Philadelphia, Steve Rogers of the Montreal Expos, Joe Sambito of Houston and Mario Soto of the Cincinnati Reds with one point apiece.

 

 

As Kansas City's Clint Hurdle remarked during the Series, "When you call a pitcher 'Lefty' and everybody in both leagues knows who you mean, he must be pretty good."