On this day: October 26

POSTED: 12:17 PM PDT Oct 25, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 25, 2015 

The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, "Baby Fae" gets a baboon heart, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.

OTD October 26 - Steve Carlton
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Baseball Hall of Fame

1982: Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes the first pitcher to win four Cy Young awards. Pictured here is his plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame, which notes he was the "only hurler to win 4 Cy Young Awards" at the time of his 1994 induction, although Greg Maddux would match that record a year later. The record would also eventually be exceeded by Randy Johnson (five) and Roger Clemens (seven).


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