Former Cardinals pitcher Tex Carleton, a member of the Gas House Gang World Series winners of 1934, re-emerges from minor league exile in style on this day in 1940.
He pitched a no-hitter for the Dodgers over the Reds at the age of 33. He had planned on hanging up his spikes after a mediocre 1939 season in the minors that ended with a sore arm. Carleton was eyeing a job as a baseball broadcaster when the Dodgers talked him into giving pitching one more try.
Maybe Carleton's Arm was sore because of a famous game he pitched while with the Cardinals a few years earlier.
Matched up against Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell in an 18-inning game that eventually ended in a 1-0 Giants win. Carleton hurled 16 shutout innings in that losing cause.
While he got off to a great start in 1940, it was short-lived. Carleton ended up 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA. He was only able to make 17 starts before his sore arm came back and he was done for good.