A tenacious competitor with an impressive work ethic, Carlton Fisk was one of major league baseball's most capable and durable catchers. During twenty-four seasons in the American League (first with the Boston Red Sox and later with the Chicago White Sox), Fisk caught a record-setting 2,226 games and posted home-run tallies that ranked him among the top-hitting catchers of all time. Fisk's accomplishments were all the more remarkable because he repeatedly overcame career-threatening injuries. In 1975, after battling back from reconstructive knee surgery and a broken arm, Fisk gave Red Sox fans a never-to-be-forgotten thrill in the sixth game of the World Series when he drilled a twelfth-inning home run to win the game. Fisk always demanded the best not only of himself but of his teammates. As he once observed, "You don't play baseball. . . . You work at it."
The artist; Peter C. Aldrich, Cambridge, Mass.; gift 2000 to NPG