MOBILE, Ala. — Bernie Carbo launched the greatest pinch-hit home run in Red Sox history. He admitted he was high on drugs during the 1975 World Series.
“I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit,’’ Carbo said.
The Sox were four outs from elimination against Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine in Game 6 when Carbo came off the bench to smash a three-run home run into the center-field bleachers, tying the score at 6-6. The blast set up Carlton Fisk’s arm-waving, 12th-inning walkoff home run for the ages. (Boston Globe)
Ted Williams always insisted hitting a baseball thrown by a major league pitcher was the hardest thing to do in sports. Which actually makes Carbo’s drugs, pills, tobacco, and booze-addled feat somewhat superhuman when you think about it. Not that it was a particularly bright thing to do. (I had to throw in that last line for any dim bulb who might think I’m endorsing what he did. God, I hate political correctness.)
Carbo’s story also includes sex abuse and finding Jesus.