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Carlton Fisk Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

CARLTON FISK
Born: December 26, 1947 in Bellows Falls, Vermont
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Full name Carlton Ernest Fisk
Born December 26, 1947, Bellows Falls, Vermont
First Game: September 18, 1969; Final Game: June 22, 1993
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 2000
Named AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1972)
Named AL Rookie Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1972)
Named catcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1972, 1977, 1983, 1985 and 1990)
Won AL Gold Glove as catcher (1972)
Named catcher on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1981, 1985 and 1988)

CARLTON FISK
This article was written by Brian Stevens and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on December 26, 1947, Carlton Fisk embodies traditional New England values like pride, ruggedness, and individuality. That was what Boston Red Sox public relations director Dick Bresciani was trying to capture in 1997 when he wrote that Fisk was a "native of Vermont" on his original plaque for the Red Sox Hall of Fame. But the greatest baseball player ever born in Vermont -- and the man responsible for perhaps the most dramatic moment in New England sports history -- doesn't consider himself a Vermonter. Fisk grew up on the other side of the Connecticut River in Charlestown, New Hampshire, a town of less than 1,000 inhabitants - it just so happened that Bellows Falls had the nearest hospital. So in a display of traditional New England stubbornness, Fisk insisted that his plaque be re-cast (at a cost of $3,000 to the Red Sox) to delete the Vermont reference and reflect that he was raised in New Hampshire.

Fisk did play American Legion baseball in Vermont for Post Five in the town of his birth, and for years a simple white sign with an "X" marked the spot at the Bellows Falls field where one of his blasts landed. In fact, in his first at-bat for Bellows Falls back in 1965, Fisk crushed a home run at Cooperstown's famous Doubleday Field, on the site where baseball was supposedly invented. In storybook fashion, he returned to Cooperstown in 2000 for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Carlton Ernest Fisk inherited his extraordinary work ethic and athletic talent from his parents. His father, Cecil, worked for 13years as an engineer in the tool-and-dye industry in Springfield, Vermont. A job like that would be enough for most people, but Cecil also worked the Fisk family farm. Often he dismounted from the tractor, raced to a local tennis match, soundly defeated his opponent, then returned to the farm to resume his chores. In addition to tennis, Cecil also was a superb basketball player. Carlton's mother, Leona, was famous in her own right as a champion candlepin bowler. Certainly the gene for coordination ran deep in the Fisk family.

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