Fisk, Eastwick recall magical Game 6 in 1975 World Series
When Fisk had stepped to the plate to start the inning, he was especially tired, having caught all 12 innings of a high-wire, tension-filled game that the Red Sox needed to win to avoid the end of their season.
“When the game started, it was October 21st, and it ended on October 22nd,” Fisk recalled of the epic game that stretched past the midnight hour. That’s why Fisk decided to switch bats, foregoing his regular bat for a lighter model used by one of his Red Sox teammates. “The bat that I hit the home run with was Rick Burleson’s bat,” said Fisk, referring to the Red Sox’ 165-pound shortstop who was nicknamed “Rooster.” “We used the same model bat, but I used the longer bat and the heavier bat. I had picked up my bat, and it just felt heavy. So I went over to Burleson and said, ‘Rooster, let me use your bat.’ ”
Bruce Markusen is the manager of digital and outreach learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum