Medina Journal-Register — In the 1975 World Series, Carlton Fisk hit a homerun that has been replayed and replayed and over time has become part of Boston sports lore.
Without Bernie Carbo, that homerun would not have happened.
Carbo hit one out of the park to tie the game that Fisk would ultimately win with a shot he directed fair.
Almost 40 years later, Carbo still has a passion for baseball, but his life is completely different.
Wednesday night in Medina, the former Major League Baseball player spoke at Grace Baptist Church. His visit was made possible by the church’s pastor, transplanted New Englander Dickson Beam.
“My family was on vacation in Florida, and somebody handed me a book called ‘Saving Bernie Carbo,’” Beam recalled, noting how the person was from a . As a Boston Red Sox fan growing up, Beam called Carbo one of his childhood heroes.
“The book talked about how he redeemed himself from drug abuse and alcohol, and I never knew that,” Beam said. “The last couple days of vacation I read the book and it was unbelievable stuff.”
Upon finishing the volume, Beam said he called the publisher to thank them for such an inspiring work. What happened next was a bit of fate.
“I’m not sure why it happened this way, but the lady I spoke to on the phone didn’t know much about Bernie,” Beam said. “She evidently was talking with him the next day, told him how excited I was about the book, and he told her that he wanted to get in touch with me.”
After a conversation that probably featured more than a bit of baseball talk, Beam learned Carbo was driving from Boston to Alabama and wanted to make Medina a stop on his tour.
Carbo’s visit to the village included a hitting clinic put on Wednesday afternoon and the evening’s talk. The amount of participants at the hitting clininc - nearly 40 - was said to have “amazed” Carbo as it was among most highly attended.