Hall of Famer Steve Carlton to appear in area as keystone speaker for event at Spooky Nook

  • Former Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton is Baseball Hall of Famer.
  • Carlton will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 17 for an event at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.
  • The event will benefit The Janus School, which serves students with learning disabilities.

During his Hall of Fame career, pitcher Steve Carlton was well known for not speaking publicly.

In just more than a month, local baseball fans will have the opportunity to listen to the man known as "Lefty."

Steve Carlton

The Janus School will welcome Carlton as its keynote speaker for the fourth annual Thanks for Giving Luncheon on Friday, Nov.17, at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Lancaster County. The luncheon directly benefits the educational programs of The Janus School, which serves students in grades K-12 with learning disabilities.

Carlton was best known for his stint with the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1970s and 1980s. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Carlton had an acrimonious relationship with the media, and during his baseball career, he went years without speaking to reporters.

Using martial arts and weight lifting as central components of his conditioning program, Carlton was able to throw for 24 seasons. He compiled more than 4,000 strikeouts and 300 wins over his career. He was also the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards.

WGAL sportscaster Pat Principe will be the special guest host. Registration and networking will take place from 11 a.m. until noon, with lunch and the keynote address by Carlton beginning at noon.

Tickets are $90 each and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship packages, including access to a VIP reception with Carlton are available.  For information or tickets, visit TheJanusSchool.org/TFG or contact Nicholas Chapman at (717) 653-0025, ext..105 or nchapman@TheJanusSchool.org.

The Janus School serves students from 13 surrounding counties, including York.