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August 15, 2012
Not a "would be" legend. Tony C. WAS a legend. Not many stars have shone brighter...if even for too short a time.
Then one night the kid in right lied sprawling in the dirt.
The fastball struck him square, he's down. Is Tony badly hurt?
The doctors say he'll be OK. But he won't be back this year.
If Tony's through, what will they do? Who will carry them from here?
I remember how shocking this was.
Tony C. was on his way to the Hall of Fame if this had not happened. His numbers do not look good today until we realize that he was playing in the deadball era of the 1960's, where guys like Koufax, Gibson, and Tiant often had e.r.a.'s below 2.00. Shaugnessy recently said that Middlebrooks is comparable to Tony C., however after one adjusts for the league averages, Middlebrooks is really very comparable to Joe Foy.
A few years after this, Tony had an audition to be Red Sox color man, and he had a stroke shortly after that. He was a popular sportscaster in San Francisco, and he would have been a worthy succesor to Hawk Harrelson as color man.