Carlton didn't begin playing organized baseball until he was 12 years old.
Carlton attended North Miami High School where he played on a state runner-up baseball team.
Carlton has two sisters. Their names are Janet and Catherine.
Carlton originally signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963 for a $5,000.00 bonus.
Carlton always considered his 1972 season where he won 27 games and was a unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award to be his greatest individual accomplishment.
A few years back, Carlton claimed he lost over 10 million dollars in investments because of bad financial advice.
Fellow Hall of Famer Willie Stargell once said that batting against Carlton was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Carlton and his wife Beverly divorced in 1998 after 33 years of marriage.
Carlton always stuffed strips of cotton in his ears when pitching so that he wouldn't be distracted by crowd noise.
At last report, Carlton was living near Durango, CO where he owns a cattle ranch.
Carlton always avoided running at all costs.
The last Philadelphia sportwriter to whom Carlton gave an interview during the course of his career with the Phillies was Stan Hochman.
Carlton's best friend on the Cardinals and Phillies was catcher turned broadcaster Tim McCarver.
Carlton and former wife Beverly have two sons.
There is a statue of Carlton at the Left Field Gate in the new Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Carlton's least favorite Philadelphia sportswriter was the morbidly obese Bill Conlin who should be familiar to fans of the ESPN show The Sports Reporters. Conlin's diatribes against Carlton after the 1973 season were why he first started refusing to speak to reporters.
Carlton's favorite major league pitcher was Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 1989, the Philies retired Carlton's jersey number 32.
Carlton's trademark pitch was the hard slider.
Carlton stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall.
Carlton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 getting votes on 96% of the ballots cast. This was one of the highest percentages in history.
Carlton's nicknames were "Lefty" and "Silent Steve."
Carlton always claimed that his best sport in high school was basketball.
Carlton's father was an airline mechanic.
Carlton: (about sportswriters) And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes.
Carlton: You've gotta find a way to get out of your own way, so you can progress in life.
Carlton: To pick up a paper and read about getting slammed, that doesn't start your day off right.
Carlton: So what I did on the field is the essence of what I am. Remember me like that.