Tony Conigliaro, the Red Sox’ would-be legend
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.
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.