The arrival of Carlton Fisk 40 years ago was a turning point in White Sox history: ‘We’re going to plaster his kisser all over town’

CHICAGO — “It’s a great day for Chicago and White Sox baseball.” That was how David Condon opened his In the Wake of the News column 40 years ago, quoting new White Sox president Eddie Einhorn. March 9, 1981, was indeed a great day for the Sox, who held a press conference to announce an agreement to sign catcher Carlton Fisk, the first superstar acquisition of the new ownership group headed by Einhorn and Jerry Reinsdorf. Fisk, a 33-year-old All-Star with the Boston Red Sox, was declared a free agent on Feb. 12 that year due to a technicality after Red Sox management failed to mail him his con…

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