May 17, 1892|
|Died: May 28, 1930
|April 13, 1917, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 23, 1930, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.97|
Harold Gust Carlson (May 17, 1892 in Rockford, Illinois – May 28, 1930 in Chicago) was a professional baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1917 to 1930, for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Carlson used his curveball exclusively, owing to his lack of speed. He played 7 years for the Pirates, going 42-55, went 42-48 in 4 years with the Phillies, and going 30-17 with the Cubs in four years. He had his most wins in 1926, with 17 (along with 12 losses). He had a career best 2.23 ERA in 1919.
At 3:00 on May 28, Carlson was complaining of stomach pains and called a doctor. 35 minutes after the team physician was called, Carlson died, just as they were moving him to the hospital. He was 36. According to the physician, he died of a stomach hemorrhage. He left behind a wife and a child. Carlson is buried at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois.
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