Bernie Carbo: Former Red Sox High at World Series (Biography)

April 4, 2010

Meet Bernie Carbo, he is the former outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians and from the team that most people remember him from The Boston Red Sox. Would you like to know his story, recent revelations? Then keep reading to know it all, plus take a look at Bernie Carbo’s photos and video below.

Bernie Carbo

Bernie was a famous outfielder during the 70’s the same decade where “Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll” were the vibe among the people. For Bernie it was no exception as he has recently revealed that during the World Series in 1975 when his team, the Red Sox, were close to elimination against the Cincinnati Reds. When Carbo hit a killer pitch at gave his team three runs, little did we know that he was so allegedly high he thought the stars were falling from the sky or so did he say in his latest statement.

“I probably smoked two joints, drank about three or four beers, got to the ballpark, took some [amphetamines], took a pain pill, drank a cup of coffee, chewed some tobacco, had a cigarette, and got up to the plate and hit, I threw away my career. If I knew Jesus Christ was my savior at 17, I would have been one heck of a ballplayer. I wanted to die. I played every game high, I played baseball 17 years of my life and I don’t think I ever missed a day of being high”.

The good thing is that now he is clean, after he retired he became a hairdresser who found in God’s hand his salvation and a new life. It is on this new life that Bernie created The Damon Club Ministry in 1993 whose goal is to lead through baseball and that youth become better players and their self esteem gets better, but these are just a plus. The true meaning of the Diamond Club is to “give Jesus Christ’s message that fulfills and changes their lives with Jesus’ love, care and eternal mercy.”

I added this from his web page since it so beautifully written that if I tried to write it myself it would lose its beauty.

Baseball is like an analogy for life. As we head toward first base we are filled with the DESIRE to know God. We realize we are sinners and accept Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins. As we go around second base, we become aware of the DISCIPLINE needed to grow in our relationship with Jesus. We learn to die to self so we can be alive in Him. Now we reach third base realizing the importance of FELLOWSHIP with other believers. God has created us as relational beings. We need the support, prayers and time with others who share the love of Jesus Christ. Finally, the love of Jesus strong in our hearts, we head towards home plate. With EVANGELISM as our goal, the true home run is hit when we share the incredible story of Jesus Christ with those who are lost and dying. Now they too can have eternal life.” Bernie Carbo, founder of The Diamond Club.

Bernie Carbo Biography

  • Bernie Carbo was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 5, 1947, this will make his age 62 years old.
  • He was a left handed hitter and right handed pitcher.
  • He was drafted during the 1965 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but his official debut was not until September, 1969.
  • He was named Sporting News Rookie Of The year in 1970.
  • He was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 where he played twice in between he joined the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • During his period with the Red Sox (1974-1976) he and Carlton Fisk led the Red Sox to nearly win the 1975 World Series.
  • In 1978 he joined the Cleveland Indians.
  • In 1980 he played once again with the Milwaukee Brewers before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates, his last team in his 17 year MLB career, he was 33 years old when he retired.
  • In 1989 he entered into rehab.
  • After searching for him around 2002, we found out that he had finished rehab and opened a hair salon.
  • In 2004 he got selected in the Red Sox Hall Of Fame.

Take a look at Bernie Carbo’s photos and video below.

Bernie Carbo photo

Bernie Carbo Video

Photo: Mena

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