Sox honor Fisk with left-field foul pole

Sox unveil Fisk Foul Pole in honor of legend

BOSTON -- When he hit the home run that defined his Hall of Fame career, Carlton Fisk never imagined he would one day be standing next to the pole that made him famous -- let alone have it named after him.

But that's exactly what happened on Monday prior in the Interleague series opener against Cincinnati at Fenway Park, 30 years after his hallmark moment.

Sporting a Hawaiian shirt appropriate for such a warm, humid night, Fisk joined Red Sox principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner atop the Green Monster, halfway up the left-field foul pole. The three, along with the rest of the sellout crowd, remembered that magical moment at precisely 12:34 a.m. ET early on the morning of Oct. 22, 1975, when Fisk drove a 1-0 fastball from Cincinnati right-hander Pat Darcy high into the air, heading down the left-field line.

"The ball only took about two and half seconds," recalled Fisk. "It seemed like I was jumping and waving for more than two and a half seconds."

Two and a half seconds later, the ball caromed off the bright yellow pole, ending one of the most dramatic World Series games ever played and giving the Red Sox a 7-6 win over the Reds in 12 hard-fought innings.

From now on, like the Pesky Pole down the right-field line, the left-field pole will officially be called the Fisk Foul Pole. The idea was the inspiration of the countless fans who contacted the Red Sox about recognizing the historic moment.

"Not everybody has a foul pole named after them," Fisk said. "There [are] only two of them. To be named one of them is a pretty big thrill, an honor."

Adding to the thrill for Fisk was a surprise from Henry and Werner. They gave him a 2004 World Series ring as a special advisor -- the ring that eluded him less than 24 hours after his famous shot in Game 6, when the Reds captured Game 7, 4-3.

"It doesn't seem like 30 years ago," said Fisk, the 1972 AL Rookie of the Year. "It didn't seem like it was me. It happened early in my career. I thought there'd be more, but it never happened. That might be one of the biggest regrets. If we'd have won the World Series, I'd feel more deserving.

"If you think about it for a moment, they think about it, then they think about you. When they think about you, your body of work comes into play," Fisk said.

Fisk thanked teammate Bernie Carbo, who made his heroics possible by swatting a two-out three-run homer to center off Rawly Eastwick.

"There was a lot of good pitching, good hitting and defense," Fisk said. "We had the bases loaded in the ninth, [when] a fly ball [was hit] to George Foster, who wasn't known for his great arm, and he threw the runner out at home easily. When we were still down by three runs, Bernie Carbo had probably one of the worst swings ever and managed to foul the ball off right before he hit the home run. If he doesn't, I never get a chance. Someone was watching out for extra innings."

Before taking his swing for the ages, Fisk said he had no sense of the history he was about to make or the impact it would have on the team.

"You could never sense that moment in time," Fisk said. "It is the type of thing you dream of. To have a moment like that come true is special."

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.