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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hall of Fame Birthday Present

Drew has outdone himself this time.  I never expected my good buddy to surprise me with a present this year for my birthday (which is tomorrow), so when I came home to a box and saw what was inside, I was definitely excited.  Drew contributed my 76th Hall of Fame signed baseball to my collection.
Fisk (born in 1947) played in the majors from 1969, 1971 to 1993 for the Red Sox and White Sox.  He is one of the greatest catchers of all time.  The 1972 AL Rookie of the Year.  His home run in the 1975 World Series against the Reds is legendary.  His lifetime numbers are either at the top or near the top in all categories for a catcher.  2,356 hits, 376 home runs and a .269 batting average over 24 seasons is very impressive for a guy who caught 2,226 games (a record that has just been passed by Ivan Rodriguez).

Fisk was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000 (his second year of eligibility) when he was named on 79.6% of the ballot.

Thanks so much for the ball, Drew.  You've been an awesome friend and I can never put into words how much that means to me, so I will again say, thank you!
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