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1978 Topps #524 Bernie Carbo

Bernardo Carbo

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[edit] Biographical Information

Bernie Carbo played a dozen years in the majors and is best remembered for his heroics for the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 World Series.

Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1965 amateur draft (ahead of future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench), Carbo hit .359 with 21 home runs for the Indianapolis Indians in 1969 and was named American Association Most Valuable Player. That performance earned him a September call-up, and he went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He became Cincinnati's regular leftfielder in 1970 and hit .310 with 21 homers. He was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year and finished second to Carl Morton in National League Rookie of the Year voting. However, he went hitless in 14 postseason at-bats as the Reds lost the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles.

Carbo struggled in 1971, hitting just .219 with 5 home runs, and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Hague the next year. Following the 1973 season, he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox. With Boston, he had a bit of a resurgence, clubbing 12 homers in 1974 and 15 in 1975 as a fourth outfielder, part-time DH and pinch-hitter. The Red Sox went to the World Series in the latter season, and Carbo went 3-for-7 with a pair of pinch homers in the Fall Classic against the Reds; one was a three-run homer tying the famous Game 6 and sending it into extra innings, where it would be won on Carlton Fisk's supremely famous home run.

Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1976 campaign, Carbo was sent back to Boston following the season. He later played for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates, and played in the Detroit Tigers farm system in 1981.

Following his big league days, Carbo played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. In 43 games, he hit .263 for the club. He later managed the Pensacola Pelicans from 2003 to 2005.

Carbo was one of the first fashion-conscious players of his era and one of only a few of his day to use a portable hair "blow dryer" in the locker room.

[edit] Notable Achievements

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2003 Pensacola Pelicans Southeastern League 42-23 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2004 Pensacola Pelicans Central Baseball League 55-40 1st East Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2005 Pensacola Pelicans Central Baseball League 53-39 2nd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round

[edit] Further Reading

  • Andrew Blume: "Bernie Carbo", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 146-151. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7
  • Bernie Carbo (as told to Al Doyle): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, November 2005, pp. 78-79. [1]

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