I came home from work today and the first thing my son told me was "You've got a surprise Daddy, you got something in the mail!" He made me close my eyes as I came in the house, when I opened them, there was one of my mailers on my desk. Inside my mailer was a ball that I had sent off on November 28, 2011 to Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.
Carlton signs baseballs for a fee of $35.00 made payable to 'The Grace Fund,' which is Carlton's charity. So, the autograph fee goes to a worthy cause!
Steve Carlton (b. 1944) pitched in the majors from 1965 to 1988 for the Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, White Sox, Indians and Twins. He has a career record of 329-244, 4,136 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.22. He won the Cy Young Award four times (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982) and won the World Series in 1967 and 1980. He was traded by the Indians to the eventual World Champion Twins in 1987 but was left off of their playoff roster.
Carlton was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994 (his first ballot) when he was named on 95.6% of the ballots cast.