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80’s pic of the day: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
1981 Fleer #6A Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Card (Click photo to enlarge)

On September 21, 1981, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton strikes out the 3,118th batter of his career to break Bob Gibson’s National League record for career strikeouts. Even though Carlton had 10 shutout innings and 12 strikeouts, the Phillies lost the marathon game to the Montreal Expos in the 17th inning, 1-0.

Also today in 1981, the Phillies and Expos were engaged in a tight battle for the NL East title in a strike-shortened season. Carlton displayed his usual dominance, faltering only in the third inning when he allowed the Expos to load the bases before striking out Andre Dawson to retire the side. The strikeout was Carlton’s 3,118th, giving him the National League record for most career strikeouts. Carlton went on to strike out 10 more batters on the night, allowing no runs. The game was the longest in the majors that year.

Carlton won his fourth Cy Young Award in 1982, his 17th season in the majors. He retired in 1988 with 4,136 career strikeouts and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, his first year of eligibility.

Eddie Van Halen guitar going to Smithsonian

One of Eddie Van Halen’s guitars will have a home at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The museum announced Monday that it has acquired the “Frank 2” guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

The red, white and black guitar is a replica of the original “Frankenstein” guitar that Van Halen used for more than 30 years. Van Halen constructed the “Frankenstein” guitar himself to suit his playing style.

Museum director Brent Glass says the guitar reflects Van Halen’s innovation, talent and influence. It will be part of the museum’s instrument collection as a more contemporary piece.

A museum spokeswoman says there are no current plans to put the guitar on public view.