The Friends of the Woburn Library and Burbeen Free Lecture Series will host former Red Sox great Bernie Carbo at the Woburn Public Library on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Boston fans remember Carbo’s pinch-hit three-run homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series which tied the game in the 8th inning. Four innings later, Carlton Fisk hit his game-winning homer off the foul pole. Behind the glory of the game, Carbo faced personal struggles. In his book Saving Bernie Carbo, co-written with Chelmsford clinical psychologist Dr. Peter Hantzis, we learn of his dysfunctional upbringing, his battles with drug and alcohol addiction, a suicide attempt, his conversion to Christianity and his founding of a ministry. Carbo and Hantzis will bring us back to the fall night in 1975 and share humorous and colorful clubhouse stories of a life in baseball. In a candid telling of the good and the bad, Carbo shares his personal growth and transformation brought about by his faith.
Carbo started his career as a 1965 first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, later playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates. He retired from baseball in 1980 at the age of 33. Hantzis, who was in the stands during Game 6, is known to locals as coach of the Woburn High School 2000 state championship soccer team.
The program will be held at the Woburn Public Library located at 45 Pleasant Street in Woburn. Admission is free and no tickets are required.