72 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!
This has got to be about the most famous 72 of them all, right? CARRRRRRLTON FISK, as the great Gene Honda used to say.
Here are some 72 nuggets on No. 72:
*Game No. 72 vs. the White Sox for Fisk came in the Red Sox 2-1 loss on April 30, 1980. “Pudge” was 2-for-2 with a homer in lifting his average to .347 as Richard Dotson and Ed Farmer got the best of Dennis Eckersley
*Fisk hit 72 home runs in July. 10 of those came in July of 1983 when he and the rest of the “Winning Ugly” White Sox were catching fire en route to the West title
*The 72nd inning Fisk caught for the Sox was the ninth inning in a 2-1 walkoff win over the Orioles before 10,715 at Comiskey Park. … Fisk crouched behind the plate as winning pitcher Ross Baumgarten retired Doug DeCinces, Rick Dempsey and Mark Belanger in order before Tony Bernazard drove in Rusty Kuntz in the bottom of the frame for the victory.
*Fisk went 2-for-5 with a run in his 72nd game with the White Sox and his 72nd career game at Comiskey Park on Sept. 6, 1981 (a 3-2 loss to Toronto at Comiskey Park)
*White Sox hit No. 72 for Fisk was the last of the 42 he would collect at the Twins’ Metropolitan Stadium (RBI single off of Doug Corbett on Sept. 11, 1981)
*White Sox home run No. 72 for Fisk was a solo shot in the fourth inning off the Yankees Joe Cowley in a 4-3 win at Comiskey Park on April 23, 1985
*Game No. 72 for Fisk at New Comiskey Park was his season debut in 1992 on June 9. … After recovering from injuries, Fisk went 0-for-3 in a 4-2 win over the Angels.
*Hit No. 72 for Fisk at New Comiskey Park was his last hit of the season at the venue — a single off the Indians Dennis Cook in a 2-1 loss on Sept. 13, 1992