Nine to Know: What’s all this fuss about Fisk or Cliff?

For those of you who are old enough to remember when the women of Saturday Night Live created characters who were well written as opposed to simply annoying, you might know that the great Gilda Radner gave us a variety of brilliantly funny characters including Emily Litella. Emily was an elderly woman with a hearing problem who made regular appearances on Weekend Update who had misheard and/or misunderstood the subject of her commentary.

For example: “What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a “deaf” penalty? It’s terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!” Or, Making Puerto Rico a Steak (“ thing you know, they’ll also want Idaho a baked potato with sour cream!”).

For those of you in Nashville and/or are Nashville wannabes like myself who are killing time perusing Twitter and watching the MLB Network hoping to see some news and not see Mitch Williams, here’s a little game for you to play.

With that in mind, and with all due respect to Emily Litella, let’s play “What’s all this fuss about Fisk or Cliff?”

Every answer is either about Carlton Fisk or a ballplayer named Cliff (try to name which one).

Here’s your Nine to Know

  1. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy played for Boston and Chicago and had two 30-homer seasons in his career.
  2. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy got into a famous fight with a Yankee and had four 20-homer seasons.
  3. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy twice hit 26 doubles and once led the league with nine triples.
  4. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy twice hit 26 doubles and twice hit six homers.
  5. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy played for Chicago and appeared in the World Series with the White Sox.
  6. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy had four 200-hit seasons.
  7. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy had three hundred-strikeout seasons.
  8. Fisk or Cliff? – This catcher also played two games in the outfield.
  9. Fisk or Cliff? – This guy homered in the first at bat of his final season and it proved to be the final homer of his career.

The answers are below


  1. Cliff Floyd played for the Red Sox and Cubs and twice hit 30-homers, once for Florida in 2001 and once for the Mets 2005. Fisk only had one thirty-homer season
  2. Cliff Johnson hit 20+ homers in 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1983 and fought with teammate Goose Gossage and within days was traded by the Yankees to Cleveland. Pudge had a memorable fight with Thurman Munson and had seven 20-homer seasons.
  3. Yes, that’s Carlton Fisk who had nine three-baggers for the 1972 Red Sox.
  4. Cliff Pennington.
  5. Cliff Politte appeared in the 2005 Series for the White Sox. Fisk never went beyond the ALCS with 1985 ChiSox.
  6. Cliff Lee allowed 200 hits in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012. Fisk never had a 200-hit season.
  7. Pitcher Cliff Melton struck out 100+ batters three times for the New York Giants in 1937, 1938, and 1941. The most that Fisk ever struck out in a season were 99 times for the Red Sox in 1973.
  8. In this case, we are talking about Cliff Bolton who played two games for the 1933 Washington Senators. Carlton Fisk played 41 games in left field, 27 at first base, and four at third.
  9. Carlton Fisk homered off Jim Deshaies of the Minnesota Twins in the White Sox second game of the season on April 7, 1993. It was the 376th and final homer of Pudge’s career.