Happy Birthday, Bernie Carbo

Bernie CarboHappy Birthday to Bernie Carbo, known as a clutch hitter and respected for the way he turned his life around after hitting rock bottom following some very, very difficult personal issues. Bernie played for the Reds from 1969 to 1973; weeks after the ’73 season, the Reds sent Bernie and Rick Wise to the Red Sox for Reggie Smith and Ken Tatum. This turned out to be a great deal for Boston; the two helped the Red Sox make it to the World Series in 1975. I never pitched to Bernie, but I remember seeing him play for the first time in 1974 at Shea Stadium, when he ruined Doc Medich’s shutout with a ninth inning Home Run. That was about a week before I was traded to Cleveland.

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