Born: Sep 26, 1959
Rich Gedman was a slugging catcher who grew up in New England watching Boston Red Sox legend Carlton Fisk. Like Fisk, Gedman is remembered for something that happened in Game 6 of the World Series. Unfortunately, Gedman's monument is the polar opposite of Fisk's dramatic home run in 1978.
Boston was one out away from winning the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. With runners on first and third in the bottom of the 10th, reliever Bob Stanley's inside pitch to Mookie Wilson tailed away from Gedman. The wild pitch, which many later claimed was a catchable ball, allowed the tying run to score. The Mets won the game minutes later when Bill Buckner missed Wilson's grounder. Although Gedman homered in Game 7, the Mets rallied to win that game and the Series.
A two-time All-Star, Gedman used his power to win the everyday catching job in Boston. The left-handed hitter smacked 24 home runs and 26 doubles in 449 at-bats in 1984. He batted .295 with 80 RBIs the following year. He drove in 65 runs in 1986, but it was his skillful handling of the young Red Sox pitching staff that helped ensure the division title for Boston. Gedman batted .357 and drove in six runs in the Championship Series as the Red Sox rallied to beat the California Angels in seven games.
Gedman's career went downhill after 1986. He never played in 100 games nor batted higher than .231 in his final seven seasons. Part of that was a short stint in 1990 with the Astros where he hit .202 in 40 games.