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(J.R.H. 171)

Offered by: Representatives Partridge of Windham, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Rusten of Halifax, Sullivan of Burlington and Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, although thousands of youngsters annually come to bat on baseball sandlots, local Little League fields, and American Legion teams, only a limited number of players realize the goal of stepping to the plate in a major league ball park, and

Whereas, from this group, a special few major leaguers, whose hitting, fielding, pitching, or base stealing is extraordinary, reach baseball's ultimate shrine, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and

Whereas, Carlton "Pudge" Fisk was born in Bellows Falls, and

Whereas, although he soon moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, he retained close ties to his native town, and

Whereas, as the starring member of the American Legion Post 37 team, he served as a pitcher, catcher, and shortstop, and

Whereas, during the 1965 Vermont American Legion State Tournament, Pudge Fisk pitched 12 innings, during which he struck out 14 batters and had an astounding .750 hitting percentage, and

Whereas, as a member of the Post 37 team, he once hit a home run that is considered the longest homer in the history of Hadley Field in Bellows Falls, and

Whereas, after attending the University of New Hampshire, Pudge Fisk began a remarkable 21-year career as an all-star catcher for both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, and

Whereas, in recognition of his baseball feats, Carlton "Pudge" Fisk" will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and

Whereas, in celebration of this great event, the bell at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, New Hampshire, once again rang out as it had in 1975, when Pudge Fisk hit the winning home run for the Red Sox during the sixth game of the 1975 World Series, and

Whereas, when Pudge Fisk is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he will be wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, and

Whereas, the Boston Red Sox have announced that his number "27" will be permanently retired, making Pudge Fisk only the fifth Red Sox player to be so honored, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bellows Falls native Carlton "Pudge" Fisk on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carlton "Pudge" Fisk, to his parents Cecil and Lee Fisk in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and to the Boston Red Sox.