A few random nuggets, SoxNerd style, on birthday boy Carlton Fisk:
*NUMBERS GAME: Fisk wore 72 with the White Sox, which was the reverse of the 27 he wore with the Red Sox. He donned 72 for the White Sox because “that was the year my son Casey was born, it was my rookie year in the Majors and it represents a turnaround in my career,” according to Sox media guides published during his career.
*1972! Speaking of 1972, it was on June 6 of that season when Fisk played in his first game at Comiskey Park. In the first game of a doubleheader, Fisk went 1-for-3 batting eighth in a Boston lineup that had Sox legend Luis Aparicio batting second and playing shortstop. … Fisk’s first hit at Comiskey Park was a single off Wilbur Wood (he was thrown out at second by Carlos May trying to stretch into a double). … Fisk’s final hit at Comiskey Park was a fifth-inning double off Seattle’s Randy Johnson on Sept. 28, 1990.
*EARLY OPENING ACT: Fisk played in the 1977 (0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter) and 1978 (0-for-4, run) Comiskey Park openers for Boston.
*HOMER NOTES: Fisk’s first Comiskey Park homer was a solo shot off Wood on July 6, 1973. … Fisk’s final blast at the old park was a solo, go-ahead shot off Kansas City’s Kevin Appier on Sept. 3, 1990.
*THIS AND THAT: Fisk played in 1,421 games for the White Sox and 1,078 games for the Red Sox. … He hit 214 homers for the Sox and 162 for Boston. … 106 of Fisk’s homers came at Fenway, a record 94 were hit at Comiskey Park and 11 came at New Comiskey Park.
*NO NO-NO: Fisk never caught a no-hitter. The closest he came was on July 12, 1990 when he received six no-hit innings from Melido Perez in the White Sox 8-0 rain-shortened win at Yankee Stadium. The victory was considered a no-hitter until 1991 when Major League Baseball changed the definition of the feat to “a game in which a pitcher, or pitchers, gives up no hits while pitching at least nine innings.”
*FIRST AND LAST: The first pitch Fisk ever caught at Comiskey Park was thrown by Boston’s Sonny Siebert in 1972. The last pitch he ever caught at the old yard was delivered by Bobby Thigpen in the stadium’s finale in 1990.