New Lenox Police Arrest Retired White Sox Star Carlton Fisk

Police found the Hall of Famer in a cornfield stupor behind the wheel of his pickup truck near Gougar and Spencer Roads. He was charged with DUI and spent the night in jail.

New Lenox police arrested retired Chicago White Sox player, Carlton Fisk, 64, on charges of drunken driving.

According to the report, Fisk, who retired from baseball in 1993, was found at 7:20 p.m. Monday passed out in his Ford pickup truck in a field near Gougar and Spencer Roads.

Deputy Police Chief Bob Pawlisz said the dispatcher had received a call from a passing motorist who saw the pickup truck in the field. Upon arrival, police found Fisk passed out behind the steering wheel. A strong odor of alcohol was present, police said, and a bottle of vodka was in the truck.

Paramedics from New Lenox Fire Protection District were called, and they took Fisk to Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Boulevard. He was treated and released, according to the report.

Fisk, who played for the Boston Red Sox in 1969 and 1971–80, and then with the Chicago White Sox from 1981–1993, was known as "Pudge" to fans and caught more games—2,226—than any other catcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

The 11-time All-Star belted 376 home runs over his career, including his 12th inning blast in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to seal a win over the Cincinnati Reds. The hit was arguably one of the most memorable home runs ever, as Fisk trotted down the first base line, waving the ball to stay fair before it hit the left field foul pole.

Fisk was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

He was taken to New Lenox Police Station and booked on charges of misdemeanor DUI, lane usage violations and illegal transportation of alcohol. 

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—Jeff Graveline contributed to this report. 

Chuck Soukup October 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM
DONNA P....sorry if my opinions upset you. I can tell you're still mad.
Donna Pinto October 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
No need to be sorry NL4LIFE, seeing nothing you said or say will upset me...... Automatically if you have no prior record of anything you wouldn't be getting the same sentence as someone who has. I do not know if Fisk has any but it will cost thousands, be on his record no matter what & if it is his 1st offense he will most likely not be going to jail. We automatically assume he will get a slap on the hand. There's always a consequence. Stop worrying about what he will or will not get and be thankful no one was hurt or that it won't happen again. Good day to you all, there's nothing more to say about this other than wait and see till he goes to court.
Tim Baker November 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM
My favorite player of all time and always will be. But I also know he is human and we make mistakes and some we deeply regret but can't take back. Don't anyone sit there and say you never have because we all do I don't know the circumstances here but he has to pay the consequences and he will. But don't sit here and knock the man due to him drinking. Maybe he's going through some issues here was a man who grew up in small town New Hampshire the pride of Boston and went to Chicago. Pride is an understatement and nobody worked harder on or off the field but to crucify him over this is wrong. As a boy he was my hero but as an adult I understand we all make mistakes to some degree and drinking and driving does hurt people perhaps he will do a public service announcement down the road. But if not remember small town New Hampshire he didn't seek to be a celebrity and he'd rather not get the attention. But if you saw him play and what he put himself through you'd be inspired too. Pudge needs our support and that's where this should be
Joseph M. Spretnjak November 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
You ar very correct, Tim. I'll say this one more time, Fisk has lived an exemplary life. He was an inspirational ball player, and a "class act." May God Bless him, and his dear family.
Joseph M. Spretnjak November 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Way to respond, Kelly---good post. jms


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