Bernie Carbo

Bernie CarboBernie Carbo Bernardo "Bernie" Carbo was born in Detroit, Michigan. Bernie Carbo started his Major League career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was the Reds' number-one draft pick in the inaugural 1965 draft, ahead ofJohnny Bench. In his 1970 rookie season, Carbo posted career highs in batting average of .310, 21 home runs , and 63 RBIs. He was selected Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News.

Bernie was traded to the Cardinals in 1972, and then landed in Boston with the Red Sox in 1974. During the 1975 World Series, Bernie faced his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, looking for their first title since1940. Boston also suffered a drought by not winning a Series since 1918. Both clubs battled back and forth, with the Reds winning three of the first five games. 

In Game 6, with two outs and two strikes in the 8th inning, Carbo's pinch 3-run home run tied the score at 6-all, paving the way for Carlton Fisk's legendary game-winning homer in the bottom of the twelfth for a 7-6 Red Sox victory. Carbo's pinch homer was his second of the Series, tying a Series record.

During his 12-year Major League career, Bernie played for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bernie has a lifetime .264 batting average in 1010 games. As a participant in two World Series, he holds the series record for pinch hit home runs. On November 10, 2004, he was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Along with pitching coach and former Big Red Machine teammate Pedro Borbon, Bernie spent three successful seasons as the field manager for the independent Pensacola (FL) Pelicans. Bernie Carbo has since founded Diamond Club Ministry, ministering to families and their children through his love for the game.