Hutch Award Luncheon

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Keynote Speaker

Carlton "Pudge" Fisk

For nearly a quarter century, and a record 2,226 games, Carlton Fisk remains one of the greatest and most determined Major League catchers of all time. Now enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fisk is remembered for his longevity and for the competitive spirit and integrity he brought to the game of baseball. Picked fourth overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 1969 draft, Fisk wasted no time in proving himself. In 1972, the New England native became the first player ever to win Rookie of the Year honors unanimously. In his 10-plus seasons in Boston he amassed a .481 slugging percentage (which ranks tenth in club history) and 162 home runs, including the legendary game-winning blast in game six of the 1975 World Series.  

Carlton Fisk

Carlton Fisk

Fisk changed his “Sox,” joining the Chicago White Sox for the second half of his career. Despite several injuries which plagued the 11-time All Star, Fisk still set the record for home runs by a catcher, with 351. Since his retirement in 1993, Fisk has continued to achieve success. In 2000, he became the 13th catcher ever voted into the Hall of Fame. On June 13, 2005, the Boston Red Sox honored Fisk and the famous 12th-inning home run that won game six of the 1975 World Series by naming Fenway Park’s left foul pole where it landed the "Fisk Pole." Fisk’s relentless determination and unmatched achievements make him one of baseball’s greatest heroes.

In his spare time Carlton enjoys working in his yard and tending to his collection of over 300 orchids. Family is of the utmost importance to Pudge and he cherishes every moment with his wife Linda, their three children and eight grandchildren.