Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SportsCentury: Carlton Fisk

I watched the ESPN SportCentury documentary on Carlton Fisk. A SportCentury episode guide is here.

During a 24-year baseball career, Fisk played for both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971–1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981–1993). He holds the record for most years played as a catcher with 24 (1969, 1971–1993). Fisk was the final active position player in the 1990s who had played in the 1960s. He is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League games in four decades.

Fisk is one of only sixteen catchers elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Among those, Fisk has the most hits (2,356) and runs scored (1,276).

Fisk is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

Raised in New Hampshire, I was fascinated by the fact that Fisk's high school baseball season was limited to 17 games annually due to the inclement weather.

Jack and I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in June of 2009. I particularly enjoyed the hall with the plaques. I would like to go back some day and look for a few more specific players.

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