Carlton Fisk 1974 #105
by William Szczepanek
Carlton Fisk played for 24 years from 1969 to 1993 for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. He is one of the few players from the Golden Age of Baseball Cards to play in the 1990s and have a career that spanned four decades. Fisk was a 12-time All Star 3-time Silver Slugger. He led the league in only one offensive statistic in his career, triples (9) in 1972, the last catcher to do so. "Pudge" is often considered one of the top ten catchers to ever play the game. He was Rookie of the Year in 1972.
He had a career .269 batting average with 376 home runs. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he held the record for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351 (since eclipsed by Mike Piazza). Fisk held the record for most games played at catcher (2,226) until 2009 when he was passed by Iván Rodríguez. Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate (24).
Fisk is best remembered for his home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series at Fenway Park. His hit appeared to be going foul. Fisk jumped and waved as he headed toward first base seemingly willing the ball to stay fair. The ball hit the foul pole and the Red Sox won, forcing a 7th and final game of the World Series which the Reds would win.
It was unusual for the cameraman to follow the runner rather than the ball. And, in fact, it was an accident, since the cameraman was distracted at the time by a rat. Since then we always get to see the dramatics of subsequent batters after they hit the ball. With so much attention on the batter's now you would think it would encourage them to run out every hit, but we have "Pudge" to thank for now letting us witness varying degrees of showmanship.
"It was just one of those moments in the universe that was mine." ─ Carlton Fisk
Carlton Fisk was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
You can check out Fisk's statistics at Baseball Reference.com.