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Tony Conigliaro, the Red Sox’ would-be legend

August 18, 1967: Conigliaro was carried off the Fenway Park field by teammates Mike Ryan and Jim Lonborg, trainer Buddy LeRoux, and Angels' trainer Fred Federico.

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August 18, 1967: Conigliaro was carried off the Fenway Park field by teammates Mike Ryan and Jim Lonborg, trainer Buddy LeRoux, and Angels' trainer Fred Federico.

On August 18, 1967, Red Sox outfielder and local baseball hero Tony Conigliaro was hit in the head by a pitch. Boston area native “Tony C” was having a terrific start to a career in the major leagues. In his three years with the Sox, he was the youngest player to reach 100 career home runs, and had been a big part of the team’s success in ‘67, putting them in the heat of the pennant race.

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They were playing the Angels, who were half a game behind the Sox, when the horrible silence hit Fenway Park. In the fourth inning, pitcher Jack Hamilton threw a pitch that struck Conigliaro’s cheekbone and caused him to lay motionless at home plate. He would make a comeback in 1969, but the injury prevented him from becoming the baseball legend that Sox fans dreamed he would be.

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