Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn

On December 22, 1980 — The Boston Red Sox mail Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk their new contracts two days after the Basic Agreement’s December 20 deadline. Boston’s blunder make their All-Stars eligible for free agency.

Fisk will land in Chicago after a legal battle and complete a Hall of Fame career over the next decade plus.

Here is a podcast we did on Fisk’s return to Fenway.

Lynn will end up in California, and play 11 more seasons he will never have the impact he did in Boston.


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