4. 300th win
Coming off his fourth Cy Young Award-winning season in 1982, Carlton was within reach of his 300th career victory in 1983. The season was an exciting one for the veteran team going for one last World Series push. The team, known as the “Wheeze Kids” featured the likes of Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez.
Late in the season on September 23 the Phillies were fighting to win the division when they faced the St. Louis Cardinals.
Carlton struck out two in a scoreless first and got the Phillies on the board in the second with a two-out single, scoring Gary “Sarge” Matthews. After another strikeout in the second, the Phillies went ahead 2-0 on an RBI single by Greg Gross that scored Schmidt.
After a scoreless third, the Cardinals tied the game with a two-run home run by David Green in the fourth. The Phillies immediately responded with three in the fifth on an RBI single by Matthews and a two-run single by catcher Bo Diaz.
The Phillies added another run on a Schmidt double in the sixth and Carlton took over from there. He allowed two runs with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in eight innings. Al Holland pitched a scoreless ninth and Carlton earned his 300th win.
Although not his best season record wise at 15-16, Carlton had a solid 3.11 ERA and led the league with 283 2/3 innings and in strikeouts with 275.