Known in baseball as “Pudge,” Carlton Fisk played for both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971–1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981–1993). In 1972, he became the first player unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year, though he is probably best known for “waving fair” his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
This speech is the longest one I’ve listened to so far, but it’s worth the time. It’s not hard to get a glimpse of the kind of work ethic and character that Fisk possessed through this oration. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
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OK, ready for my “moment of near fame”? When he was 19, and I was 16, Pudge played for the Pittsfield Red Sox (AA ball) one summer. Or part of a summer, more likely. My cousin, my sister and I used to go to as many games as we could to flirt with the cute ballplayers. And there were lots of them! One night, Pudge was there and all the young girls were clamoring to be allowed to buy him a coke. He picked me. I got him his coke, he thanked me, and I was on cloud nine. Oh, those innocent summer days! He was kind, sweet and so good looking…..!
That’s an amazing story, and I’m sure an incredible memory for you! I don’t have anything like that — I’m just a teensy bit jealous!