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Bernie Carbo reveals heavy drug use during playing days, including 1975 World Series

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bernie carbo.jpgBernie Carbo, who hit a crucial pinch-hit, three-run home run for the Boston Red Sox in the epic Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, is the focus of a Boston Globe feature today -- and it's pretty intense.

Now a born-again Christian, Carbo describes hard-core drug use throughout his time with the Red Sox, including during the fateful series against the Cincinnati Reds.

"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,'' Carbo told the Globe.

"I played every game high,'' he continued. "I was addicted to anything you could possibly be addicted to. I played the out field sometimes where it looked like the stars were falling from the sky."

In the interview, Carbo claims he would have had a chance to make the Hall of Fame if he'd accepted Jesus as his savior at the age of 17. Instead, his addictions ushered him out of baseball at the young age of 33.

Also of note is the revelation that, in 1978, Red Sox owners Haywood Sullivan and Buddy LeRoux hired a private detective to follow him. The detective observed Carbo tossing baseballs to fans during batting practice at Fenway Park in exchange for marijuana.

But, at its heart, this is a re-invention story. Carbo's new lease on life has allowed him to shed his old way, he tells the Globe.

He currently runs a fantasy camp in Mobile, Ala. and said he hasn't touched drugs or alcohol in 15 years.

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