» July 19, 1959: Before 57,000 at the Stadium, the Yankees sweep a pair from the visiting White Sox, winning the nitecap 64 on Mickey Mantle's homer off Turk Lown. In game 1, Yankee veteran Enos Slaughter belts a pair of homers: at age 43, he is the oldest player this century to accomplish the feat. Carlton Fisk, a few months older, will top Slaughter in 1991.
» November 21, 1972: Boston's Carlton Fisk is the unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year, the first time this has happened. The catcher hit 22 home runs and led the AL East with a .293 average. Jon Matlack of the Mets is named the National League Rookie of the Year.
» April 6, 1973: At Fenway Park, the first ball is thrown out by Ed Folger, a Red Sox farm hand who had his legs amputated last September following a farm accident. Then Yankee Ron Blomberg, facing Boston's Luis Tiant, becomes the first official DH in the ML. Blomberg walks with the bases loaded and winds up 1-for-3 in the 155 loss to the Red Sox. Sox DH Orlando Cepeda goes 0-for-6, but Carlton Fisk strokes two homers, one a grand slam, in the 20-hit Boston assault. Doug Griffith has four hits for Boston, which overcomes a 30 by scoring eight runs to chase Stottlemyre by the 3rd inning. The Yanks have eight hits off Tiant, five by the Alou brothersMatty and Felipe.
» August 1, 1973: Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With a 22 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins 32 in the bottom of the inning.
» June 28, 1974: At Cleveland, Indians OF Leron Lee crashes into Boston C Carlton Fisk, knocking him out of the game. Fisk's left knee injury is so serious he will not return to action this year, and, with a broken arm sustained in next year's spring training, will not play until June 1975.
» September 1, 1974:
With Carlton Fisk out through the end of the season, the Red Sox purchase C Tim McCarver from the Cardinals. McCarver will play just 11 games this year and 12 next spring in Boston before being reunited with Steve Carlton in Philadelphia.
» March 12, 1975: In spring training, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk suffers a broken arm.
» June 25, 1975:
Boston C Carlton Fisk, injured last June 23rd, returns to action for the first time in a year in an 85 loss to Cleveland.
» October 14, 1975: In a game featuring six home runs, three by each team, the Reds prevail 65 in the 10th inning. The game is marred by a controversial play involving Cincinnati's Ed Armbrister and Boston's Carlton Fisk. Armbrister lays down a sacrifice bunt in the 10th and seemingly hesitates breaking out of the batter's box; Fisk's subsequent throwing error leads to the Reds winning run. The Sox scream for an interference call from ump Barney Barnett, but to no avail.
» May 25, 1977: CF Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, tying the ML mark, as the Twins sweep the Red Sox, 135 and 9-4. Bostock is only the 3rd big leaguer to do it in nine innings and just the 2nd CF in this century. His 17 putouts in the twinbill is also an AL record. Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers for Boston, the 5th time this year the Red Sox have done it.
» June 17, 1977: At Boston, the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for four first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff homers and Carlton Fisk, and George Scott follow suit later in the inning. Boston adds another homer enroute to an 111 win.
» September 8, 1977:
At Toronto, Red Sox sluggers Carlton Fisk and George Scott club back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning, setting a record. It is the 16th time this season that Sox hitters have hit back-to-back homers, breaking the record of 15 set by the 1964 Twins. Boston wins, 72.
» September 25, 1977: Detroit pounds out 18 hits against Boston's Reggie Cleveland, but they still lose 125. Carlton Fisk, Butch Hobson and Carl Yastrzemski all homer for Boston, giving the Sox a total of 210.
» June 16, 1978:
After doing a morning cooking demonstration at a Boston department store, Bill Lee (7-3) storms out of the Red Sox clubhouse saying he is retiring from baseball. Lee has had arm problems in addition to the Sox allowing 10 unearned runs in Lee's last two starts. The Spaceman is also upset that yesterday the Sox sold his good friend Bernie Carbo to the Indians, reportedly saying, "Today just cost us the pennant." Lee's walkout will last one day. Despite Lee's takeoff, the Red Sox top Seattle, 63, as Carlton Fisk bangs two doubles, his 4th multi-hit game in a row. He has 11 doubles in his last six games.
» June 24, 1978: The Red Sox lose the first of two games with Minnesota, 54, to stretch their losing streak to five games. Rod Carew's 2-run double in the 6th inning, off Dick Drago, gives the Twins the 53 lead. In the nitecap, the Red Sox score four runs in the 6th inning to win, 42, overcoming the loss of starter Mike Torrez, who was tossed in the 1st inning for protesting a balk call. Carl Yastrzemski drives home a run, collecting his 1500th career RBI, and Carlton Fisk hits his 15th homer of the year.
» September 8, 1978: New York continues its rampage of Boston by scoring two runs in the 1st inning and six more in the 2nd inning. Boston makes seven errors to ease the Yankees to a 132 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lou Piniella adds a double, triple and homer to back Jim Beattie's pitching. Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk both make a pair of errors. New York is now two games in back.
» September 27, 1978: At Fenway, Carlton Fisk lines a 2-run triple in the first inning and the Red Sox top the Tigers, 52. George Scott hits his 1st homer in a month and collects his 1000th RBI to back Luis Tiant's win (his 203rd). New York maintains its lead by beating the Blue Jays, 51, at Yankee Stadium.
» May 31, 1980:
The Boston Red Sox hit six home runs4 in the 4th inning, including three in succession (Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, Butch Hobson)but lose to the Brewers 198.
» January 23, 1981: Faced with the possibility of losing star OF Fred Lynn to free agency because of a front-office blunder, the Red Sox trade Lynn and P Steve Renko to the Angels for pitchers Frank Tanana and Jim Dorsey and OF Joe Rudi. The Players' Association contends that Lynn and C Carlton Fisk are free agents because the Red Sox failed to mail their new contracts by the deadline provided for in the Basic Agreement. Lynn signs a 4-year deal with the Angels and agrees to drop his case. Fisk's case will go to arbitration.
» February 12, 1981: Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the Players' Association and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20th deadline.
» March 9, 1981: Free agent Carlton Fisk agrees to a contract with the Chicago White Sox.
» April 10, 1981: In his first game for the White Sox, Carlton Fisk belts a 3-run home run in the 8th inning to lead Chicago to a 53 win over his former Red Sox teammates at Fenway Park.
» September 9, 1983: White Sox Britt Burns pitches a one-hit 110 win over the Angels. California's sole hit is Mike Brown's single with two out in the 7th. Sox teammates Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek, and Greg Luzinski make it easy for Britt by clouting consecutive homers in the first inning.
» May 16, 1984:
Catcher Carlton Fisk hits for the cycle in a losing effort as Kansas City tops Chicago, 76. Fisk's only triple of the year comes in the cycle and he joins the Pirates Bill Salkeld (1945) as the only catcher this century to hit his lone season triple in a cycle.
» May 13, 1985:
At Cincinnati, a pinch grand slam in the 7th by Tony Perez breaks a 33 tie and the Reds top the Phillies, 73. Perez is the oldest in 20 century to belt a slam, but Carlton Fisk will top this in 1991.
» September 6, 1985:
At Texas, Carlton Fisk blasts two three-run homers and drives in seven runs to lead the White Sox to a 121 rout of the Rangers. Tomorrow Fisk will record his 300th double and 900th RBI.
» August 3, 1986:
At Comiskey Park, Russ Morman homers and singles in the 4th inning in his first ML game as the Sox beat the Tigers, 101. He ties Billy Martin's debut with his two hits in one inning. A Kirk Gibson homer is the only score for Detroit, while Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk add homers for Chicago.
» September 5, 1987: Carlton Fisk clubs his 300th career home run off Danny Jackson, but the White Sox lose to the Royals 42.
» November 3, 1987: Oakland 1B Mark McGwire wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, now called the Jackie Robinson Award, joining Carlton Fisk (1972) as the only player to win that league's award unanimously. McGwire set a rookie record with 49 homers and was the first rookie to lead the majors in homers since Al Rosen in 1950.
» January 22, 1988: As a result of the Players' Association's 1985 collusion suit against the owners, arbitrator Thomas Roberts declares seven players no-risk free agents until March 1st, giving them a chance to sign with other clubs despite already having contracts. The seven are Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro, Butch Wynegar, Tom Brookens, and Juan Beniquez.
» July 17, 1989: White Sox C Carlton Fisk gets his 2,000th career hit in a 73 win over the Yankees.
» August 17, 1990: In Chicago's 42 game two win over Texas, Carlton Fisk homers off Charlie Hough to become the White Sox' all-time home run leader (with 187) and the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher (328). Texas wins the opener in the bottom of the 13th inning when Gary Pettis hits a leadoff triple, and scores on Ruben Sierra's drive. Texas wastes a 10-inning effort from Nolan Ryan in which he strikes out 15. Hibbard goes eight frames for the Chisox.
» November 7, 1990: Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr. wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award unanimously, joining Carlton Fisk and Mark McGwire as the only players to do so.
» August 29, 1991: The White Sox Carlton Fisk crashes two homers to become the oldest player in the 20th century to accomplish the mark. He'll top this by hitting two homers on October 3rd. Jack McDowell (158) goes the distance to beat Cleveland, 72.
» October 3, 1991: In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago C Carlton Fisk smashes two home runs to lead the White Sox to a 13-12 victory. In doing so, just nine months shy of his 44th birthday, Fisk becomes the oldest 20th century player to hit a pair of 4-baggers in the same game. His 7th inning grand slam off Steve Bedrosian also makes him the oldest major leaguer ever to hit a bases loaded homer. Cap Anson, at 45, clubbed two homers on this date in 1897: he's the oldest to hit a pair.
» July 23, 1992: White Sox C Carlton Fisk hits a triple in Chicago's 62 win over the Brewers. He becomes the oldest player to hit a triple, at age 44, since Pete Rose hit two in 1986 at age 45.
» June 24, 1993:
Carlton Fisk of the White Sox, plays his 2,226 and final ML game, surpassing Bob Boone's record of 2,225 for most games caught. Fisk reluctantly retires with 3,999 total bases, the most ever for a catcher. The Sox will exacerbate Fisk's bitterness by refusing to allow him into the locker room after the Sox make the playoffs this year. When the Sox retire Fisk #72 in 1997, Fisk will request that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony, and when he goes into Cooperstown he will wear a Red Sox cap. A clerical error about three games caught in 1981 in which Fisk relieved initially gives him a total of 2,229 games caught. This error will appear on Fisk's Hall of Fame plaque when he is inducted, the 5th edition of Total Baseball, and the 1997 edition of The Sports Encyclopedia-Baseball. Other records books such as the final edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia, the 1997 editions of The Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book and the Elias Book of Baseball Records both correctly showed him with 2,226 games caught lifetime. SABR historian Wayne McElreavy and others note the discrepancy and the plaque and subsequent editions of the record books have corrected the total to 2,226.
» August 15, 1996:
Frank Thomas hits three homers for the White Sox, becoming the Sox career home run leader, but Boston wins, 98. Thomas hits his 1st two off Tim Wakefield to pass Carlton Fisk (214).
» September 14, 1997: Sandy Alomar hits a bases-loaded single to key a bizarre seven-run 8th, and Cleveland defeats Chicago, 83. Jim Thome nails his 40th homer for the Indians. Chicago ties a major league record by using nine pitchers in the nine-inning game, including five in the 8th. The 4th in that inning, Keith Foulke, is called in without a warmup by manager Terry Bevington to intentionally walk a batter. The Tribe increases its American League Central lead to seven 1/2 games over Chicago and Milwaukee. Before the game the Sox retire Carlton Fisk's #72. Bitter over his 1993 release and not being allowed into locker room during the playoffs that year, Fisk requests that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony.
» January 5, 1999: Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount are elected to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It is the first time since 1936 that three players are elected simultaneously on their first try. Carlton Fisk finishes 4th in the voting, missing election by 43 votes.
» July 9, 1999:
The uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous "luckiest man on earth" speech on July 4, 1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland's spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone. Yesterday Carlton Fisk's home run ball that won Game Six of the 1975 World Series for the Boston Red Sox sold for $113,273.
» January 11, 2000: The baseball writers elect C Carlton Fisk and 1B Tony Perez to the Hall of Fame. Fisk is chosen in his 2nd year on the ballot, while Perez is picked on his 9th try.
» July 23, 2000:
Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Bid McPhee, and Turkey Stearnes are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Reds announcer Marty Brennaman is also enshrined, in the broadcasters' wing.
» September 4, 2000: In the Red Sox win over the Mariners, 5-1, Carl Everett of the Sox became only the sixth major-league switch-hitter to drive in 100 runs in both leagues when he knocked in his 100th ribbie of the year. Everett drove in 108 runs for the Houston Astros last season. The other five 100-100 switches were Ted Simmons, Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla and J.T. Snow. Pedro Martinez is the big star, striking out 11 in eight innings to go 70 over the M's. Jamie Moyer loses his 6th in a row, though not his fault as a routine fly ball by Jose Offerman to Mike Cameron becomes a 3-run triple when the center fielder stumbles. Prior to the game, Boston retires Hall of Fame C Carlton Fisk's uniform No. 27.