CARLTON FISK NEWS

My reviews of Carlton Fisk, Nick Saban biographies; Posnanski book on Watson-Nicklaus

An excerpt of my sports book roundup for the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row book section. ******* Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk by Doug Wilson, Thomas Dunne, 358 pages, $26.99 Carlton Fisk takes center stage every fall. During baseball’s postseason, there are multiple replays of his iconic homer in the sixth game of the 1975 World Series. It ranks as one of the game...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Fenway Park City In ‘Fallout 4’ Shows Wrong Red Sox Numbers Retired (Photo)

Good news for Bill Mueller, John Valentin, Roger Clemens and Jason Varitek: In about 200 years, their numbers will grace the façade at Fenway Park. Bad news for Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk and Pedro Martinez: Their numbers apparently will no longer be retired. Also, the world is trapped in a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter. Eh, can’t win them all. As...
Via NESN.com
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 7, 1990

Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. is announced as the unanimous winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Alomar becomes just the third player to be elected by a unanimous vote (Carlton Fisk, Mark McGwire). He hit .290 in his first season in Cleveland with nine home runs and 66 RBI. He was voted to his first of three straight Midsummer Classic starts during...
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November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #40: 1975 World Series, Part 2

The excitement of the first five games of the 1975 World Series was nothing compared to what took place over the final two. On October 21, Fenway Park played host to arguably the greatest game in World Series history – a four-hour, 12-inning classic that ended with Carlton Fisk’s unforgettable home run to keep the Boston Red Sox alive. Game 6 is forever an all-timer, but the...
Via Baseball Essential
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking Top 10 Moments In World Series History (Videos)

The World Series always is one of the most anticipated events on the sports calendar. Not only does it crown the eventual champion, but the amount of clutch performances that occur is astonishing. Whether it’s Carlton Fisk waving his home run fair or Don Larsen’s perfect game, year after year special Fall Classic moments are shown in highlight reels showcasing the magic of...
Via NESN.com
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports Media Friday: Fisk’s homer changed sports TV forever; Skipper’s message about ESPN job cuts

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports media: How Carlton Fisk’s epic homer changed everything in sports TV. Must read piece from Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated. John Skipper explains why ESPN made job cuts. James Andrew Miller writes in Vanity Fair about the fallout from Bill Simmons’ departure from Grantland. Ed Odeven did a terrific three-part interview...
Via Sherman Report
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Making of Postseason Legend Daniel Murphy

We watch playoff baseball in part to see the stars of the game write their legacies. Whether they become legends or eventual disappointments, the October stage grants them a chance to produce the alluring commodity we most crave in this wild month of baseball: narrative. We know the names. Reggie Jackson; Kirk Gibson; Carlton Fisk. We can see their postseason highlight reels in our...
Via Fangraphs
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

How Daniel Murphy has transformed into a playoff hero at the plate

We watch playoff baseball in part to see the stars of the game write their legacies. Whether they become legends or eventual disappointments, the October stage grants them a chance to produce the alluring commodity we most crave in this wild month of baseball: narrative. We know the names. Reggie Jackson; Kirk Gibson; Carlton Fisk. We can see their postseason highlight reels in our...
Via Fox Sports
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Author Q/A of new Carlton Fisk biography: Much more to proud catcher’s career than epic ’75 homer

Carlton Fisk takes center stage every October. During baseball’s postseason, there are multiple replays of his iconic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. It ranks near the top as one of the game’s most memorable blows and was Fisk’s defining moment. Yet there was much more  to Fisk’s Hall of Fame career. In “Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk,” author Doug Wilson...
Via Sherman Report
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: September 14, 1997

1997 – The Indians come back from a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run eighth inning, capped by a bases loaded single from Sandy Alomar in an 8-3 win for Cleveland over the White Sox in Chicago on the day the club retired Carlton Fisk’s number 72. The White Sox scored a pair of single runs in the first two innings off of Bartolo Colon, who settled down for six innings on the mound...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Hessman Sets Minor League Home Run Record

There are certain moments in baseball history that remain etched in our minds. We can quickly recall where we were when it occurred and its historical significance. Events such as Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run, Carlton Fisk’s World Series walk-off and Derek Jeter’s 3000th career hit quickly spring to mind and remind us of the lasting bond between hallowed records and their place...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Franchise Four: Did the fans get it right?

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing Writer While the current Red Sox are playing poorly, let's take a look back at some players who have made massive contributions to this team in the past. Over the All-Star break, MLB announced the "franchise four" for each team. The "franchise four" are the four players who best represent the history of that organization. Eight players were...
Via RedSoxLife
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Franchise Four Announced During All-Star Pregame Ceremony

Narrowing the massive list of Boston Red Sox legends down to one Mount Rushmore of greatness is no easy task, but that’s exactly what voters were tasked with doing this season. Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced the “Franchise Four” for each of its 30 teams in a ceremony before first pitch of the 2015 MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati. Representing the Red Sox were...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball-themed HBO Sports “Documentaries” We’d Like to See

If you haven’t seen the HBO Sports presentation “7 Days in Hell”, what are you doing reading this. Stop what you’re doing…and go. Watch. Laugh. Now, in the spirit of “7 Days in Hell”, here are some baseball-themed HBO Sports “documentaries” we’d like to see. HARVEY’S WALLBANGERS The year was 1982 and the Milwaukee Brewers were a mere 27 outs away from winning...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

It's official: 45 will be retired.

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterNo one in the Red Sox has worn Pedro Martínez's number since he left the team in 2004, and moments ago it was made official: No one else is going to wear 45.The team announced the following in a press release: Photo by Winslow Townson/AP.The Red Sox today announced plans to retire Pedro Martinez's number 45 as a tribute to his exceptional career in...
Via RedSoxLife
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Konerko becomes 11th player to have number retired by White Sox

  The Chicago White Sox retired Paul Konerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Minnesota Twins. The fans chanted ''Paulie! Paulie!'' as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate. ''I know most players that...
Via AP on Fox
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox retire Paul Konerko's No. 14

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox retired Paul Konerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Minnesota Twins. The fans chanted ''Paulie! Paulie!'' as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate. ''I know most...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday - All-Time Greats - Catchers

View image | gettyimages.com Stephen Vogt and Russell Martin are off to a fast start and fantasy baseball owners are loving it!  Martin was the 11th catcher selected (17th round) in Yahoo leagues, while Vogt went 15th (21st round), even with his mutli-position eligibility.  Vogt is hitting .307/.413/.605 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI, scoring 20 runs, while Martin is slashing...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wear Throwback Jerseys As Boston Honors 1975 Team (Photos)

BOSTON — Do not adjust your television set. The Red Sox turned back the clock Tuesday night. The Red Sox celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1975 American League champion team by wearing throwback uniforms for their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The old school duds were just a taste of the awesome festivities that took place at Fenway Park. 1975 throwbacks are lined up...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch The Boston Red Sox’s Pregame Ceremony Honoring The 1975 Team

This season marks the 40th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox’s 1975 American League pennant-winning season. The team took the Cincinnati Reds to the brink in the World Series, ultimately falling in seven games. That season featured some of the most iconic players in Red Sox history, including Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, and a trio of young outfielders named Fred Lynn, Jim Rice...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Announce Family Events Schedule For May At Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox have an eventful month in store for their fans. The club announced its schedule of family events for May on Monday, and it kicks off with a celebration of one of America’s favorite movie franchises. The Red Sox will recognize Star Wars Day on Monday with a “May the 4th Be With You” event. Fans can take photos with Darth Vader...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of 1975 Team May 5 At Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> The atmosphere at Fenway Park will be especially festive May 5. Members of the Red Sox’s 1975 American League championship team will return to Fenway on Tuesday for a 40th anniversary celebration before Boston’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to there being a pregame ceremony featuring players from...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox #MyFenway Promo Will Get You Fired Up For Opening Day (Video)

If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan, you’re probably already fired up for Opening Day. That said, even the most passionate supporters need a kick in the pants every now and then. And the Red Sox absolutely hit a home run with their new #MyFenway commercial. The promo knocks you to the ground with reminders about Bucky Bent and Aaron Boone before picking you right back up with memories...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Fans Look Back, Fondly Recall Fenway Park Childhood Memories

Boston Red Sox fans all remember their first time. They remember the first time walking down Yawkey Way and smelling the hot dogs and sausages, with vendors’ shouts filling the air and serving as the soundtrack. They remember walking through the turnstiles and into the hallowed grounds. They remember walking through the dark concourses and up the ramps...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 5 Turns into Instant Classic

There are certain World Series games that are instant classics, like Game 6 in 1975, when Carlton Fisk willed a home run fair to keep the Red Sox alive in the series. And Game 6 in 1986, when the Red Sox snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, giving the Mets new life. And there are some that represent history. Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series was the first...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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