Clay Palmer Carroll
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
Clay Carroll was used mostly as a reliever in his 14 seasons, but he did have one complete game in his career. It was on September 4, 1967 as a member of the Atlanta Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 3. The Braves won the game, 8-2. He was signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent in 1961.
Carroll was a key member of the tremendously strong bullpens that characterized the Big Red Machine Reds teams in the 1970s. From 1968 to 1975, he won 10 or more games in three different seasons, had an ERA under 3.00 in 6 of 8 seasons and saved 119 games. He pitched 90 or more innings every year during that stretch. His career year was 1972, when he went 6-4, 2.25 and his 37 saves led all of the major leagues. The Reds lost the 1972 World Series in seven games to the Oakland Athletics, but he was still with the Reds when they won the title in 1975, in seven games over the Boston Red Sox. He was credited with a win in both the 1970 and 1975 Series, and in 1972 went 0-1 but with a save and a 1.59 ERA in 5 games. Overall, he was 3-1, 1.53, in 14 World Series games.
Clay was a 1980 inductee into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
- 2-time NL All-Star (1971 & 1972)
- NL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1972)
- 2-time NL Games Pitched Leader (1966 & 1972)
- NL Saves Leader (1972)
- 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (1972)
- Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975
- Clay Carroll (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget," Baseball Digest (June 1981), pp. 69-70, 72-73