63 Facts About Carlton Fisk


Carlton Ernest Fisk was born on December 26,1947, and nicknamed "Pudge" and "The Commander", is an American former professional baseball player.

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Carlton Fisk played in Major League Baseball as a catcher from 1969 to 1993 for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

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At the time of his retirement, Carlton Fisk held the record for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351.

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Carlton Fisk has held several age- or longevity-related records, including the record for most games played at the position of catcher with 2,226.

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Carlton Fisk still holds the AL record for most years served at the position.

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Carlton Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won three Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position.

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Carlton Fisk was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, but according to Carlton Fisk, that was only because Vermont had the nearest hospital to his hometown, Charlestown, New Hampshire.

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Carlton Fisk was raised by his parents, Leona and Cecil, along with older brother Calvin, younger brothers Conrad and Cedric and younger sisters Janet and Julie.

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Carlton Fisk grew up in Charlestown, across the Connecticut River from Bellows Falls.

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Carlton Fisk attended Charlestown High School, where he played baseball, soccer, and basketball.

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Carlton Fisk earned his longtime nickname, "Pudge", because he was a chubby youngster.

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Carlton Fisk played on the Charlestown High baseball team, appearing at third base, catcher and pitcher for Coach Silva.

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Carlton Fisk was awarded a basketball scholarship by the University of New Hampshire, where he started for the UNH Wildcats while playing baseball.

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In 1967, Carlton Fisk played briefly for the Red Sox team in the Florida Instructional League, hitting.

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In 1968, Carlton Fisk played for the Waterloo Hawks, the Red Sox' Class A affiliate in the Midwest League.

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Carlton Fisk played 28 games for the Red Sox in the Florida Instructional League in 1969, hitting.

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Carlton Fisk then played for the Class AA Pittsfield Red Sox of the Eastern League, where he hit.

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In 1970, Carlton Fisk played for the Class AA Pawtucket Red Sox, where he batted.

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Carlton Fisk joined the Army Reserve in 1967, as did many other major leaguers and prospects during the Vietnam War.

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Carlton Fisk was called up from the minors at the end of 1971 and earned himself a place on Boston's 1972 spring training roster.

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Boston manager Darrell Johnson, whom Carlton Fisk credited for making him a major leaguer, taught Carlton Fisk how to be a leader, a field general for the team.

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On September 12,1971, Carlton Fisk hit his first career home run off of Detroit's Les Cain at Tiger Stadium.

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Carlton Fisk's play earned him both the AL Gold Glove and AL Rookie of the Year awards.

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Carlton Fisk was selected unanimously for the latter award, becoming the first unanimous AL Rookie of the Year.

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In June 1974, Carlton Fisk suffered a devastating knee injury when Leron Lee of the Cleveland Indians collided with him at home plate, tearing several knee ligaments.

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In 1975, Carlton Fisk re-injured himself in spring training and did not play until June.

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In Game 3 of the World Series at Riverfront Stadium, Carlton Fisk led off the second inning with a solo home run off Cincinnati starter Gary Nolan.

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The image of Carlton Fisk jumping and waving the ball fair as he made his way to first base is considered by many to be one of baseball's greatest moments.

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Carlton Fisk was among the top offensive catchers in the American League in his eight full seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

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Carlton Fisk was reportedly among a group of several Red Sox players who lobbied Boston management for players to be paid what they deserved, which made him none too popular with Haywood Sullivan, the Boston general manager.

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When Carlton Fisk's contract expired at the end of the 1980 season, Sullivan in fact mailed him a new contract, but put it in the mail one day after the contractual deadline.

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Carlton Fisk had worn number 27 with the Red Sox but it was worn by White Sox pitcher Ken Kravec.

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Carlton Fisk chose to wear 72 with the White Sox explaining that he had won American League Rookie of the Year in 1972; his son Carson had been born in 1972; and 72 was the reverse of 27.

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Carlton Fisk caught LaMarr Hoyt that season, the 1983 Cy Young Award winner.

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Carlton Fisk played poorly in Chicago's loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1983 ALCS, hitting.

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On May 16,1984, Carlton Fisk accomplished the rare feat of hitting for the cycle in Comiskey Park against the Kansas City Royals.

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Carlton Fisk often credited the training program with extending his career.

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In 1985, following the advent of his new training program, Carlton Fisk had the most productive offensive year of his career.

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Carlton Fisk caught Bobby Thigpen as he set the then-record for most saves in a season in 1990.

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In 2005, Jack McDowell credited Carlton Fisk as being instrumental in his development into a pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 1993.

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Carlton Fisk went on to end his career as the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher with 351.

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Carlton Fisk still holds the American League record for homers by a catcher.

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On June 22,1993, Carlton Fisk broke Bob Boone's record for career games caught with his 2,226th game behind the plate.

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Carlton Fisk was passed on this list by Ivan Rodriguez on June 17,2009.

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Six days after breaking Bob Boone's all-time games caught record, Carlton Fisk was abruptly released by the Chicago White Sox at age 45.

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Carlton Fisk was notified of his dismissal in his hotel room in Cleveland while on a road trip with the team.

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Carlton Fisk was one of two final active players in the 1990s who had played in the 1960s.

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Carlton Fisk is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in MLB games in four decades.

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Carlton Fisk had nearly as many RBIs as strikeouts with the White Sox, striking out 798 times in 5,500 plate appearances.

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Carlton Fisk made mention of the fireworks between himself and Reinsdorf in his Hall of Fame induction speech, and Carlton Fisk was inducted with a Red Sox cap, although both teams retired his number, with the White Sox doing it first with his number 72 on September 14,1997, and the Red Sox with his number 27 in 2000.

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In 2008, Carlton Fisk officially rejoined the White Sox organization by becoming a team ambassador and part of the White Sox speaker's bureau.

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The White Sox re-signed Carlton Fisk, who remained with the club until the end of his career.

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Carlton Fisk was known for his longstanding feud with New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson.

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Carlton Fisk held onto the ball, but Munson tried to lie on top of him to allow Felipe Alou to keep rounding the bases.

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Carlton Fisk kicked Munson off him and into the air, and swiped at him with his fist.

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Carlton Fisk was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, choosing the Boston Red Sox cap for his plaque, although he played for more seasons with the Chicago White Sox.

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Carlton Fisk is one of ten people to have their uniform number retired by at least two teams.

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In 2000, Carlton Fisk was elected to the Chicago White Sox All-Century Team.

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In May 2008, Carlton Fisk returned to the White Sox as a team ambassador, and a member of the team's speakers bureau.

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Thirty years later, the video of Carlton Fisk trying to wave the ball fair remains one of the game's enduring images.

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Carlton Fisk is the brother in law of former major league and minor league teammate Rick Miller, who married Carlton Fisk's sister Janet in 1973.

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On October 22,2012, Carlton Fisk was charged with a DUI in New Lenox, Illinois, after he was found in the middle of a corn field, unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.

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Carlton Fisk appears briefly in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, playing for the White Sox on a television screen.

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