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The shortest stop on Carlton Fisk's route to the Hall of Fame was in South Bend. On May 26, 1992, Fisk, who was recovering from bone spur surgery, played a rehab game at Coveleski Stadium. Manager Terry Francona penciled the big league star in the White Sox' cleanup slot against Madison. Fisk rewarded 3,147 fans by leading the Sox to victory over the Muskies. In the first inning, Pudge took aim at the synagogue down the left field line and poked a long home run. Baserunners Glenn DiSarcina and Troy Fryman (brothers of big leaguers, both) scored ahead of Fisk, and SB never lost the lead. The visitor drew a walk in his next appearance, and hit a long fly center.

This game was the highlight of the SBSox' season. The 1993 program had Fisk's picture on the cover, and the 1993 package tickets showed him, too. "Destined for the Hall of Fame," the game writeup said. It's come true....


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Fisk's first professional appearance was also in the MWL. The Red Sox drafted him in the first round of the January, 1967, free agent draft out of the University of New Hampshire. They assigned him to Greenville in the Western Carolina League, but a military commitment forced him to miss the season. Released from the military as the 1968 season began, the BoSox assigned him to extended Spring Training, then moved him to Waterloo during the mid-season player shuffle. He had a fine half-season with in Iowa:

   G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB   BA
  62 195 31 66 11  2 12  34 49 21  2 .338

Pudge had a cup of coffee in Boston the next summer, and was in the Bigs for keeps in 1972, when he won Rookie of the Year honors.


Carlton Fisk's major league career.


Note:

This Tidbit was written on the occasion of Fisk's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.


This profile originated as the July 23, 2000, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.

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