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Carlton Fisk

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Carlton Fisk, a 6' 2" 220 lbs. product of Bellows Falls, Vermont who was raised across the Connecticut River in neighboring Charlestown, New Hampshire, crouched and hit his way to the Hall of Fame in a career played entirely with the Sox: The Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971-1980) and the Chicago White Sox (1981-1993). Along the way, he set major league records for most games played and most home-runs hit by a catcher.Although he attended Charlestown High School, the teenage Carlton played baseball for the American Legion team in his birth place of Bellows Falls. After graduation, he attended the University of New Hampshire, where he played baseball but also was a star starter on the U.N.H. basketball team. Drafted by the home-town BoSox, he eventually made it up to The Show for a cup of coffee in 1969, but his Major League career was put on hold by more seasoning in the minors and by a military commitment. When he finally established himself in the majors for good in 1972, after another cup of joe in '71, he proved spectacular. He won Rookie of the Year honors and a Gold Glove as catcher while tying Joe Rudi for the American League lead in triples with nine. (He is the last catcher to lead that category.)A brilliant "quarterback" in terms of calling pitchers, and an extremely tough athlete to boot who was not adverse to jumping over then-unprotected railings into the stands to try to catch foul balls, Fisk quickly established himself as the best-all around catcher in the American League bar one: Thurman Munson of the hated New York Yankees, who became his rival and doppelganger. Fisk and Munson became involved in a long-standing feud, only ended by Munson's death in airplane accident in 1979, that drew in the players on both teams. is also known for his longstanding feud with New York Yankee counterpart Thurman Munson. In the days when catchers blocked the plate with their entire bodies, risking injury in a way no multi-millionaire would today, it wasn't uncommon for a player caught short-stepped before the plate, the catcher with the ball in the mitt ready to make the tag, to try to bull his way through with a tackle or block to try to dislodge the ball from the catcher's mitt, and thus turn a sure out into a scored run. (The greatest and most infamous example of this was when Pete Rose ran over Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game.) On August 1, 1973 at Fenway Park, during a tie game, Munson attempted to score on a missed bunt attempt in the top of the ninth. Munson, the unstoppable force, barreled into Fisk, the unmovable object, which ignited a 10-minute bench-clearing free-for-all that characterized match-ups between professional sports teams from the two cities in the 1980s. Another brawl was ignited when Fisk, the unmovable object, stopped Lou Piniella at the plate during a May 2, 1976 game at Yankee Stadium. Not appreciating Sweet Lou's attempt to score, Fisk hit him with the ball and Piniella hit back, igniting another bench-clearing brawl that was followed by yet another after Bill Lee, who was pitching that day, had words with Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles. It ended badly for the BoSox, as Lee -- a precious commodity as a left-hander who had won 17 games each of the previous three seasons -- suffered a separated left shoulder and missed a part of the season. The Yankees went on to win the American League pennant, just one year after the BoSox had played in the World Series.The coming of free agency resulted in Fisk and other Red Sox players who wanted to be paid what they felt they were worth falling out of favor with BoSox management. When Red Sox co-owner Haywood Sullivan mailed Fisk's contract for the 1981 season one day after the mandatory deadline, the catcher was declared a free agent and signed with the Sox of Chicago. It was while with the ChiSox that Fisk set his career records, though he chose to go into the Hall of Fame as a BoSox, a New Englander at heart 'til the end.  See full bio on IMDb »

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MLB Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk stepped up to the plate today ... pleading "guilty" to DUI after his arrest in an Illinois corn field back in October.TMZ broke the story ... cops found Fisk… READ MORE >

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