Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who had a 3.52 earned run average in 29 regular-season starts, has been voted the winner of the 24th Tony Conigliaro Award. The honor goes to a major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of the former Red Sox outfielder.
Members of the Conigliaro family will present the award at the 75th Boston Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner Jan. 23 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Major league teams submit nominations and an independent 12-person panel does the voting.
Despite missing all of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Lackey put together one of the best seasons of his 11-year major league career in 2013. His record was just 10-13 but he finished second on the team with 189⅓ innings pitched.
Lackey also won three postseason games, including the clinching game of the World Series.
The Red Sox began the award in 1990 in memory of Conigliaro, who had died that February following an eight-year struggle to come back from a massive heart attack.