Friday, August 8, 2014
Boston Red Sox Legend Carlton Fisk Ties MLB Record
On Aug. 8, 1990, Boston Red Sox legend Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench for hitting the home most home runs by a catcher with home run number 327, albeit with the Chicago White Sox.
Fisk would go on to pass Bench for home runs hit by a catcher, finishing his career with 351 home runs in line up as a catcher, and with 376 total. However he would not pass the total amount of home runs Bench hit, 389; he would also be passed by Mike Piazza who hit 396 as a catcher and 427 in his career.
Fisk was known by the nickname "Pudge" due to his six foot two inch, 220 lb. frame, was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year, in 1972.
Fisk is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the twelfth inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Fisk held the record for most games played at the position of catcher with 2,226 games behind the plate, until June 17, 2009 when he was surpassed by another "Pudge", Iván Rodríguez.
Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate with 24 seasons under his belt. As well several other records including being the oldest catcher in Major League history to hit 20 home runs in 1987. Being the oldest player to record a hit in an All-Star game in 1991. Holding the record for most home runs hit after the age of 40, 72.
Fisk is one of only seven players in history who have caught more than 150 games in a season multiple times (Jim Sundberg, Randy Hundley, Ted Simmons, Frankie Hayes and Gary Carter).
Fisk is one of only sixteen catchers elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Among those, Fisk has the most hits with 2,356, and runs scored with 1,276.
Over his 24-year career Fisk totaled 11 All-Star appearances, including three consecutive appearances from 1972-1974, 1976-1978 and 1980-1982. He would earn three Silver Slugger Awards in 1981, 1985 and 1988. He was a Gold Glove Winner in 1972.
Fisk finished his career with a .269 batting average with 2,356 hits with 421 doubles, 47 triples, and 375 home runs. He has 849 walks to go along with 1,330 RBIs and 1,276 runs scored. He struck out 1,386 times.
Seven times over his career Fisk was in the MVP conversation, and four times was in the top 10 in voting.
The Chicago White Sox retired his no. 72 jersey in 1997.
The Boston Red Sox retired his no. 27 jersey in September of 2000.
Also in 2000 Fisk was inducted into Cooperstown Major League Baseball Hall of Fame with 79.6 percent of the vote.