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We remember Tony Conigliaro (1945-1990)

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On this day in 1967, Tony Conigliaro was hit by a pitch and his career would never be the same.      Tony C, as he was known at the time, was hitting .267 with 20 HR & 67 RBI in 95 games.   He was out for the rest of the year and missed all of 1968 too.  

Tony C broke with Boston in 1964 and hit 24 HR in 111 games.   He followed that with 32 & 28 HR the next seasons.    Without a doubt, Tony C was destined to be a super power hitter.   He was also a right handed hitter at Fenway Park, the perfect place for his swing.    

Tony came back in 1969 and did very well in 1970 with 36 HR & 116 RBI.     Unfortunately, he was out of the game by 1971.    

A sad story.   He had the personality and power to be one of the all time Red Sox players but never recovered from that eye injury.    Tony C was the only teenager in MLB history to hit 25 home runs in a season, as well as the youngest player in American League history to reach 100 career home runs.

Tony died in 1990.

 

 

 

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Written by scantojr

August 18, 2016 at 8:00 am

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