From SABR member Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report on October 15, 2015, with SABR member Doug Wilson:
Carlton Fisk takes center stage every October. During baseball’s postseason, there are multiple replays of his iconic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. It ranks near the top as one of the game’s most memorable blows and was Fisk’s defining moment. Yet there was much more to Fisk’s Hall of Fame career.
In “Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk,” author Doug Wilson details how the catcher seemed to defy age that saw him still squatting behind the plate at 46. He writes how it started with an old school New England work ethic that he brought to the Midwest when he came to Chicago in 1981, posting several exceptional seasons during his 13 years with the White Sox.
I was with Fisk during my three years as the White Sox beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. He always ranks among my favorite athletes to cover. He is an extremely thoughtful man. I still remember those long pauses after I asked him a question, knowing that Fisk was thinking about what he wanted to say.
He truly had a fascinating career. Here is my Q/A with Wilson.
Originally published: November 20, 2015. Last Updated: November 20, 2015.