Carlton Ernest Fisk (nicknamed "Pudge" and "The Commander") was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2000.
He grew up in Charlestown, New Hampshire and attended Charlestown High School, where he played baseball and basketball. Fisk earned his longtime nickname, "Pudge", because he was a chubby youngster.
During a 24-year baseball career, he played for both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971–1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981–1993). He was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year (1972). Fisk is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
For nearly a quarter century, and a record 2,226 games, Carlton Fisk remains one of the greatest and most determined Major League catchers of all time. Fisk is remembered for his longevity and for the competitive spirit and integrity he brought to the game of baseball. Picked fourth overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 1969 draft, Fisk wasted no time in proving himself. In his ten plus seasons in Boston, he amassed a .481 slugging percentage, (which ranks tenth in club history), and 162 home runs, including the legendary game-winning blast in game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Fisk changed his “Sox,” joining the Chicago White Sox for the second half of his career. Despite several injuries which plagued the 11-time All Star, Fisk still set the record for home runs by a catcher, with 351. Since his retirement in 1993, Fisk has continued to achieve success. In 2000, he became the 13th catcher ever voted into the Hall of Fame. On June 13, 2005, the Boston Red Sox honored Fisk and the famous 12th-inning home run that won Game Six of the 1975 World Series by naming Fenway Park’s left foul pole where it landed the "Fisk Pole". Fisk’s relentless determination and unmatched achievements make him one of baseball’s greatest heroes.
Family is of the utmost importance to Pudge and he cherishes every moment with his wife Linda, their three children and eight grandchildren.