06/18/2003 4:52 PM ET
Carlton Fisk and Tony Oliva to manage All-Star Futures teams
Eleven-time All-Star Carlton Fisk will manage the U.S. Team and eight-time All-Star Tony Oliva will manage the World Team in the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game, Sunday, July 13, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, it was announced today.
Now in its fifth year, the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game features the top U.S. and International Minor League prospects competing against each other as part of RadioShack All-Star Sunday. The seven-inning affair will begin at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
RadioShack All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, culminating with the 74th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15. The outcome of this year's All-Star Game will have implications for the 2003 postseason, as the League that wins the 74th Mid-Summer Classic will receive home field advantage in the 2003 World Series.
Fisk, the first unanimous winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1972, played for both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox during his 24-year Major League career. He spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Boston, winning a Rawlings Gold Glove in 1972 and earning seven trips to the All-Star Game. In 1975, Fisk helped lead the Red Sox to an American League pennant and hit a dramatic game-winning home run in Game 6 of the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. As a member of the Red Sox, Fisk became the fifth catcher in Major League history to score and drive in a hundred or more runs in one season (1977). With the White Sox, Fisk was a member of four AL All-Star teams and is currently third on the franchise's all-time home run list with 214.
On July 23, 2000, Fisk became the 13th catcher inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on September 8, 1997 and later became the fifth Boston player to have his number (27) retired by the club. His number (72) was also retired by the Chicago White Sox in 1997. Fisk ended his career as the all-time Major League leader among catchers in both games (2,226) and home runs (351 of his career 376). He remains one of only three catchers in Major League history to amass 300 home runs, 1,000 runs and 1,000 RBI.
Pedro "Tony" Oliva Jr., born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, spent his entire 24-year Major League career with the Minnesota Twins as both a player and a coach. He was named the 1964 American League Rookie of the Year and is the only player in Major League history to win batting titles in his first two seasons; eventually winning three in his 15-year playing career. Oliva led the American League in hits five times (1964-66, 1969, 1970) and ranks among the Twins' career top ten in virtually every offensive category. As an outfielder, he won a Rawlings Gold Glove in 1966.
Oliva is a member of the Twins Hall of Fame and his number (6) was retired in 1997. He finished his playing career following the 1976 season with a .304 lifetime batting average, 1,917 hits, 220 home runs, and 947 RBI. He currently works as a hitting instructor and scout in the Twins' organization.
The 25-man rosters and coaches for the U.S. and the World Futures Teams, selected by Baseball America in conjunction with Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, will be unveiled live via the MLB All-Star Futures Selection Show on MLB.com Radio on Monday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT).