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Carlton Fisk

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Carlton Ernest Fisk (born December 26, 1947 in Bellows Falls, Vermont) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

Although born in Vermont, Fisk is quick to point out he is actually from Charlestown, New Hampshire, which is right across the Connecticut River from Bellows Falls, Vermont. This being the case, Fisk graduated from Charlestown High School then was a starter on the basketball team at the University of New Hampshire in addition to playing baseball.

Carlton "Pudge" Fisk played a few games for Boston in 1969 and 1971 but broke out for the Red Sox in his first full season in 1972. Fisk won the AL Gold Glove at Catcher and the AL Rookie of the Year awards that year. He played with the Red Sox until 1980. He played with the White Sox from 1981-1993.

In his long career, he caught 2,226 games, more than any other catcher in history. He was an 11-time All-Star. Fisk hit 376 career home runs, but his most famous one came in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. His 12th inning 'Englished' homer off the left field foul pole at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and forced a game 7 (although they lost in this game).

Fisk holds the record for most home runs after the age of 40 with 72. Fisk was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

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The Fisk Pole

  • On June 14, 2005, the Boston Red Sox honored their Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and the 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series by naming the left field foul pole where it landed the "Fisk Pole". In a pregame ceremony from the Monster Seats, Fisk was cheered by the Fenway Park crowd while the shot was replayed to the strains of Handels Hallelujah Chorus. The Red Sox scheduled the ceremony to coincide with an interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds, who made their first trip back to Fenway Park since the '75 Series. Thirty years later, the video of Fisk trying to wave the ball fair remains one of the game's enduring images. Game 6 is often called the best game in major leagues history. Fenway's right field foul pole, which is just 302 feet from the plate, has long been unofficially named the Pesky Pole, for light-hitting former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky, who had a tendency to curve fly balls around it for homers. On the field, Fisk threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former battery-mate Luis Tiant.

Career statistics

GABH2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOSHSFHBPAVGOBPSLG
2,4998,7562,356421473761,2761,3308491051,3862679143.269.341.457

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