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Flashback #10: White Sox Release Carlton Fisk (1993)

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Carlton Fisk watches the flight of his hit during a 1988 season game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Carlton Fisk watches the flight of his hit during a 1988 season game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

June 28, 1993 – White Sox release Carlton Fisk

Carlton Fisk exemplified what it meant to play for the Chicago White Sox. He was rough, tough and a blue-collar work on the field.

He was the face of the franchise for two decades, which makes his departure from the South Side all the more unusual.

While in his 24th season — 13th with the White Sox — reports indicate Fisk received a phone call to his Cleveland hotel room while on a road trip with the team. Fisk was told he had been released and he was to leave the team hotel. This came just six days after he broke Bob Boone’s record for career games caught with his 2,226th game behind the plate.

The reason for Fisk’s abrupt departure from the team could have been the culmination of his tumultuous relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

Fisk entered the Hall of Fame in 2000 as a member of the White Sox. He rejoined the organization in 2008 as a team ambassador and part of the White Sox speaker’s bureau.

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »

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