June 22, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 80, Carlton Fisk (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Cecil Fisk was one of those hardscrabble Depression Era men who inspire legends. Cecil was an archetype you’ll recognize immediately — a New Hampshire machinist and farmer who believed in the three pillars of hard work, plain values and American possibilities. Of course, he was tough. They say he was chopping firewood the day before he died at age 98.

There are two Cecil Fisk stories that come to mind, both father-and-son stories. The first revolves around the final high school basketball game his son Carlton played in. Cecil called his son “Carl.” Everybody else called him “Pudge,” because he was a pudgy baby. Carlton’s aunt…

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