Edison Rosanda Armbrister (born July 4, 1948 in Nassau, Bahamas) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who had a five-year career from 1973 through 1977 with the Cincinnati Reds. Originally in the Houston Astros system, he was traded to the Reds in the deal that also sent Joe Morgan, César Gerónimo, Denis Menke and Jack Billingham to Cincinnati for Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart.
Armbrister is probably best remembered for his involvement in a controversial play in the 1975 World Series. In the tenth inning of Game 3, with teammate César Gerónimo on base and nobody out, Armbrister collided with Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk while attempting to sacrifice bunt, leading to a wild throw by Fisk and his subsequent failure to get Gerónimo out; home plate umpire Larry Barnett did not make the expected interference call on Armbrister, a decision which was harshly criticized after the Reds won the game 6–5.
In the 2005 film Fever Pitch, Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) and his friends attempt to explain the "Curse of the Bambino" to his new girlfriend, Lindsay Meeks (Drew Barrymore). The Armbrister play is among the incidents mentioned.
After baseball, he returned to the Bahamas. As of 1985 he was a craps table croupier at Resorts International’s Paradise Island Casino. He worked for at least one other establishment in the gaming business, a staple of the Bahamian tourist economy. As of 2006, he was with the Local Government and Consumer Affairs agency, on Arawak Cay, a popular attraction in the Nassau area. He has also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Sports and managed the Bahamian junior national team.
He is married with three children. In his leisure hours, Armbrister became a notable local softball player.
In 2008 he became a member of the Bahamas National Hall of Fame. He has occasionally returned to Cincinnati for Big Red Machine reunions.
- ^ a b Ed Armbrister at the SABR Bio Project, by Rory Costello, retrieved November 16, 2013
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