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Tony Conigliaro
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Baseball Player
    (January 7, 1945-February 24, 1990)
    Nicknames were Tony C. and Conig
    Played for the Boston Red Sox (1964-67, 1969-70, 1975) and the California Angels (1971)
    Youngest American League player (20 years, 270 days) to lead the league in homers (32 in 1965)
    Youngest player to reach 100 career homers (age 22)
    Hit on left cheek by a Jack Hamilton pitch (August 18, 1967), fracturing the cheekbone and causing permanent left retina damage
    Suffered massive heart attack (January 3, 1982), debilitating him to the end of his life
    Died of pneumonia and kidney failure at age 45
    Red Sox retired his #25 (2005)
    Tony Conigliaro Award (founded in 1990) given annually to a player who best demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity
    He was a poor high school student who skipped classes.
    He had a hot temper.
    He openly argued with star player Carl Yastrzemski and manager Dick Williams.
    He signed a recording contract and released two singles locally; 'Playing The Field' and 'Little Red Scooter.'
    He partied hard the night before a game and threw up on himself and a writer on the team bus.
    Because of his lifestyle choice and his penchant for speaking his mind the press dubbed him the 'crybaby playboy.'
    Hamilton insisted it wasn't a 'purpose pitch,' but he crowded the plate, causing the injury that ruined both careers (Hamilton's ERA skyrocketed afterwards because he feared tossing inside pitches).
    He missed the Red Sox pennant championships in 1967 (injury) and 1975 (sent to minors).
    Experts predict if he had a 'normal' career he would have had over 600 homers and 3,000 hits.
    A teacher once locked him in a closet at school and forgot about him.
    He was a popular player with fans and a section of outfield seats near him was dubbed 'Conig's Corner.'
    He dated several models.
    In 1967 he was having a career year and made the All-Star Team when the injury ended his season.
    The pitch came within one inch of killing him.
    In 1969 after returning he had 20 homers, 82 RBI and was named Comeback Player of the Year.
    His vision continued to deteriorate throughout his career.
    He was on his way to Fenway Park to finalize a deal that would have made him a Red Sox broadcaster when a heart attack crippled him.
    He never spoke after the heart attack, becoming semi-comatose and bedridden.
    The Red Sox botched a tribute to him. They had a memorial for him before a home game, a moment of silence, then 'Taps' was blown.
    Problem was, he was still alive (though a vegetable) at the time.

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