Must-Watch Video: Steve Carlton’s Slider

Last night, @erhudy brought this to my attention on Twitter. Phillies fans are well aware of Steve Carlton‘s pitching prowess, but he played roughly 25 years before the advent of baseball clips on-demand. Thus, this video is a real gem.

A couple of my favorite quotes from the video:

This is an important question — it’s the most important question anyone should ask themselves in life: why do you think you were put on this Earth?

Carlton: Teach the world how to throw a slider.

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John Vukovich: I remember one day Dick Ruthven asking him how he threw that slider. So, Lefty very simply picked the ball out of the bag and said, “I hold it like this and I throw the shit out of it.”

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6 comments

  1. hk

    February 23, 2012 11:06 AM

    How great is it that the owner used to sit down behind home plate with the grounds crew?

  2. pablo

    February 24, 2012 11:01 AM

    Now owners probably don’t go anywhere without a personal security detail.

  3. Lefty

    February 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    Simply the best! Thanks

  4. Righty

    February 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Great video, except for that stupid “Hit King” hat on Pete Rose.

  5. Hit King

    March 01, 2012 10:27 PM

    Like me or not, I’m still the Hit King.

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