Rookie Of The Year, World Series Hero, Drug Addict -- Bernie Carbo To Speak In Tewksbury
Jun 20, 2015 07:30PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Former Red Sox outfielder Bernie Carbo, star of the 1975 World Series and a recovering drug addict, will be speaking at the Tewksbury Public Library on June 22.
Boston Red Sox World Series hero Bernie Carbo will be speaking at the Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St., on Monday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. as part of Tewksbury Substance Use Prevention & Education Monthly Speaker Series.
Bernardo ‘Bernie’ Carbo was born on August 5, 1947 in Detroit Michigan, is a former outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1969 through 1980 for the Cincinnati Reds (1969-72), St. Louis Cardinals (1972-73, 1979-80), Boston Red Sox (1974-76, 1977-78), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), Cleveland Indians(1978) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1980).
He was raised in the Detroit suburb of Livonia and graduated in 1965 from Franklin High School. Bernie started his career with Cincinnati where he was the Reds’ number one draft pick in the inaugural 1965 draft, the 16th overall pick and ahead of Johnny Bench. In his 1970 rookie season, Bernie posted career highs in batting average (.310), home runs (21), runs batted in (63), hits (113), on base percentage (.454), slugging average (.551), OPS (1,005) and games played (125). He was selected Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News.
But Carbo's career never reached its full potential, in large part because of addictions to drugs and alcohol. In an interview with the Boston Globe Carbo said, ""I played every game high. I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the outfield sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky. I threw away my career. If I knew Jesus Christ was my savior at 17, I would have been one heck of a ballplayer, a near Hall of Famer. Instead, I wanted to die."
He said he was high when he cracked a 3-run homer to tie Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, sending the game to extra innings and setting the stage for Carlton Fisk's heroics in the 12th inning.
Carbo was sold to the Cleveland Indians in 1978 and played his final Major League game in 1980 for the Pittsburgh Pirates at age 33.
On November 10, 2004, Bernie was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. In September of 2012 Bernie was named to the 100 Year All-Fenway Park Team which consists of the top 40 Red Sox Players of all time. Bernie is also in both The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and The Ted Williams Museum under the unsung hero section.
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