Tony Conigliaro

Anthony Richard Conigliaro (January 7, 1945 – February 24, 1990), nicknamed "Tony C" and "Conig",[1][2] was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox (1964–67, 1969–1970, 1975) and California Angels (1971). He was born in Revere, Massachusetts, and was a 1962 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lynn, Massachusetts. During the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season of 1967, he was hit in the face by a pitch that caused a severe eye injury and derailed his career. Though he would make a comeback from the injury, his career was not the same afterwards.

Tony Conigliaro
Tony Conigliaro 1969
Right fielder
Born: January 7, 1945
Revere, Massachusetts
Died: February 24, 1990 (aged 45)
Salem, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1964, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
June 12, 1975, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.264
Home runs166
Runs batted in516
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Baseball career

Conigliaro was signed by the Red Sox in 1962, at the age of 17. In 1963, he batted .363 with 24 home runs playing for the Wellsville Red Sox in the New York–Penn League,[3] after which he was called up to the majors.

During his 1964 rookie season, Conigliaro batted .290 with 24 home runs and 52 RBI in 111 games, but broke his arm and his toes in August. In his first at-bat in Fenway Park, Conigliaro hit a towering home run in the second inning against the White Sox.

In his sophomore season in 1965, Conigliaro led the league in home runs (32), becoming the youngest home run champion in American League history. He was selected for the All-Star Game in 1967. In that season, at age 22, he not only reached a career total of 100 home runs, but attained that milestone at the youngest age for an American League player.[4]

Tony Conigliaro 1965
Conigliaro in 1965

On August 18, 1967, the Red Sox were playing the California Angels at Fenway Park. Conigliaro, batting against Jack Hamilton, was hit by a pitch on his left cheekbone and was carried off the field on a stretcher. He sustained a linear fracture of the left cheekbone and a dislocated jaw with severe damage to his left retina.[5] The batting helmet he was wearing did not have the protective ear-flap that has since become standard.

A year and a half later, Conigliaro made a remarkable return, hitting 20 homers with 82 RBI in 141 games, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors. In 1970, he reached career-high numbers in HRs (36) and RBI (116). That season he and his brother Billy formed two-thirds of the Red Sox outfield. After a stint with the Angels in 1971, he returned to the Red Sox briefly in 1975 as a designated hitter, but was forced to retire because his eyesight had been permanently damaged.

Tony Conigliaro
Conigliaro in 1975

Conigliaro batted .267, with 162 home runs and 501 RBI during his 802-game Red Sox career. With the Angels, he hit .222 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI in 74 games. He holds the MLB record for most home runs (24) hit by a teenage player.[6] He is the second-youngest player to hit his 100th homer (after Mel Ott), and the youngest American League player to do so.[6]

Final years and death

In September 1975, after his retirement, Conigliaro was hired by WJAR TV 10 in Providence, Rhode Island as a sports anchor; in August 1976, he moved to a similar position at KGO-TV Channel 7 in San Francisco. On January 9, 1982, Conigliaro was in Boston to interview for a broadcasting position when he suffered a heart attack while being driven to the airport by his brother Billy. Shortly thereafter, he suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. Conigliaro remained in a vegetative state until his death more than eight years later, in February 1990, at the age of 45. In commemoration, the Red Sox wore black armbands that season. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.[7]

Currently, the Tony Conigliaro Award, instituted by the Red Sox after his death, is given annually to the MLB player who best overcomes obstacles and adversities through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were considered Tony's trademarks.

Conigliaro's Corner

Dsc 6470 Fenway Park
Conigliaro's Corner bleacher seating (silver) can be seen to the right of the Budweiser sign in this July 2008 photo.

For the start of the 2007 season, Red Sox ownership added a new 200-seat bleacher section on the right field roof, providing an additional 16,000 available tickets for the season.[8] It was named "Conigliaro's Corner" in honor of Conigliaro. The seats were being marketed specifically towards families.[8] As of May 2007, the section was reserved for Red Sox Nation members on Saturdays and Red Sox Kid Nation members on Sundays.[8] The seats were removed prior to the start of the 2009 season.

However, this little section of seats (since removed as mentioned above) high above right field in foul territory was not the original "Conig's Corner". When Conigliaro first was making his comeback, he complained about not being able to see the ball well coming from the pitcher's hand because of all of the light-colored clothing being worn by fans directly behind the pitcher in dead center field. To address his concerns, these seats were first blocked off and covered in black tarp to provide a better hitter's background, known as a batter's eye. This small triangular area of seats (bleacher sections 34 and 35) directly adjacent to the center field TV camera nest was the original Conig's Corner at Fenway Park. These same seats are still blocked off for day games for the same reason.[9]

Bibliography

  • Conigliaro, Tony (August 1970). Seeing It Through. with Jack Zanger. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0025272903.

See also

References

  1. ^ Time Magazine, 1969, Conig's Comeback
  2. ^ Tony Conigliaro Forty Years Later: A Remembrance by Shaun L. Kelly
  3. ^ Linkugel, Wil A.; Pappas, Edward J. (July 1, 1998). They Tasted Glory: Among the Missing at the Baseball Hall of Fame. McFarland. ISBN 9780786404841.
  4. ^ "Tony Conigliaro". Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  5. ^ "Return From The Dark", Sports Illustrated, June 22, 1970
  6. ^ a b "Home Run Records by Age". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Berkow, Ira (March 3, 1990). "A Shooting Star Named Tony C". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Conigliaro's Corner' addition part of Fenway changes". ESPN. Associated Press. 2007-04-04.
  9. ^ "Fenway Park Through The Years". Boston Red Sox. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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1964 Boston Red Sox season

The 1964 Boston Red Sox season was the 64th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished eighth in the American League (AL) with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses, 27 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.

1965 Boston Red Sox season

The 1965 Boston Red Sox season was the 65th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished ninth in the American League (AL) with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses, 40 games behind the AL champion Minnesota Twins, against whom the 1965 Red Sox lost 17 of 18 games. The team drew only 652,201 fans to Fenway Park, seventh in the ten-team league but the Red Sox' lowest turnstile count since 1945, the last year of World War II.

1966 Boston Red Sox season

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1967 Boston Red Sox season

The 1967 Boston Red Sox season was the 67th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The season had one of the most memorable finishes in baseball history, as the AL pennant race went to the very last game, with the Red Sox beating out the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins by one game. Often referred to as The Impossible Dream, this was the team's first winning season since 1958, as the Red Sox shocked all of New England and the rest of the baseball world by reaching the World Series for the first time since 1946. The Red Sox faced the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967 World Series, which they lost to the Cardinals in seven games.

1970 Boston Red Sox season

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1971 California Angels season

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1975 Boston Red Sox season

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Billy Conigliaro

William Michael Conigliaro (born August 15, 1947 in Revere, Massachusetts) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played in the American League for the Boston Red Sox (1969–1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1972) and Oakland Athletics (1973). He is the younger brother of Tony Conigliaro; Billy and Tony were Red Sox teammates in 1969 and 1970.

Conigliaro showed great promise as a hitter in his years in Boston, with 16 doubles and 18 home runs in 1970, and 26 doubles and 11 home runs in 1971. He finished 8th in the American League in doubles in 1971, his most productive year in the majors. In 1970, he was 10th in American League in being hit by pitches with 7. His most memorable game may have been on July 4, 1970, when both Billy and Tony homered against the Cleveland Indians.

After the 1971 season, Billy was traded from the Red Sox to the Brewers in a blockbuster deal that also included Ken Brett, Jim Lonborg, George Scott, Tommy Harper and Marty Pattin. Billy, who idolized his older brother Tony, had been highly critical of the Red Sox for trading his brother to the Angels, especially after Tony's remarkable 36 home runs during the 1970 season after his famous "beaning" incident in 1967. Unhappy in Milwaukee, he announced his retirement from baseball in the middle of the 1972 season. He came back to baseball in 1973 as a part-time player with the eventual World Champion Athletics, making brief appearances in the American League Championship Series and the World Series. Once again Billy became disgruntled with ownership — this time in Oakland — and retired at the conclusion of that season. He attempted a comeback with the A's several years later, but ultimately retired for good after being assigned to their Triple A affiliate on what was to be a "temporary" basis.

He was an early pupil of Shotokan karate grandmaster, Kazumi Tabata, who acknowledges him in his book.

Dick Bradsell

Richard Arthur "Dick" Bradsell (4 May 1959 – 27 February 2016) was a London bartender noted for his innovative work with cocktails, including the creation of many new drinks now considered to be modern classics.The Observer described him as the "cocktail king", while

Waitrose Food Illustrated compared him to celebrity chefs and the San Francisco Chronicle credited him with "single-handedly (changing) the face of the London cocktails scene in the 1980s."Bradsell was born in Bishop's Stortford, England. Bradsell was acclaimed for inventing several new cocktails, including the Espresso Martini, the Bramble, the Treacle, the Carol Channing, the Russian Spring Punch and the Wibble. It was reported that Bradsell could "rarely enter a bar without an enthusiastic bartender thrusting his version of the (Espresso Martini) drink at him."In 2003, Bradsell and Tony Conigliaro co-wrote several articles for the now-defunct bartending magazine Theme. He died from brain cancer in London on 27 February 2016 at his home in London.

Dick Bresciani

Richard L. Bresciani (January 16, 1938 – November 29, 2014) became the Vice President/Publications and Archives for the Boston Red Sox in 2003 after serving as Vice President of Public Affairs since November, 1996. He had been Vice President of Public Relations since August 1987. He was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts. He joined the Red Sox in May, 1972 as assistant public relations director, became publicity director in 1978 and public relations director in June, 1984.

Bresciani oversaw all Red Sox publications, the club’s historical archives and alumni. He coordinated the selections of the annual national Tony Conigliaro Award recipient and the Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees. He was chairman of the Red Sox Task Force Committee for the 1999 All-Star Game.

Bresciani served on the boards of directors of the BoSox Club, the Red Sox official booster club, and the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL). He was a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 2000, and served on the CCBL Hall of Fame selection committee. In 2003, he was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame and served on their selection committee. On November 9–10, 2006, Bresciani was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame as a non-uniformed personnel selection. He was also a member of the New England Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Boston Press Photographers Association’s Sports Personality Award in 2007.

In 2001 Bresciani was the Red Sox coordinator for the dinner committee of The New England Sports Lodge of B’nai B’rith that honored then-owner John L. Harrington as The Sam Cohen Sportsman of the Year. He also served on the Public Visibility Committee for The United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

In 1997, he received the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence in Major League Baseball and was also honored by the Cape Cod League for 30 years of dedicated service. In 1998, Bresciani received an “Award of Distinction” from the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association for “significant contributions to the development of the youth of the community.”

A graduate of Hopedale (MA) High School and the University of Massachusetts with a degree in journalism, he received the University’s Alumni Award for Professional Excellence in 1994. He won the BBWAA “Good Guy” Award in 1987, the Western Massachusetts Jimmy Fund Recognition Award in 1989, the 1989 Brad Jernegan Award from the BoSox Club and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990.

Before joining the Red Sox, Bresciani was assistant sports information director at UMass for 11 years. He was also the director of public relations and statistics for the Cape Cod Baseball League from 1967-71 during which time the league received full NCAA accreditation and subsequent financial grants from Major League Baseball. He died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on November 29, 2014, aged 76, from leukemia.

Graeme Lloyd

Graeme John Lloyd (born 9 April 1967) is an Australian-born former professional baseball pitcher, who appeared with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, and Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Jerry Moses

Gerald Braheen Moses (August 9, 1946 – March 27, 2018) was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, he signed a bonus contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 and spent his early Major League Baseball career with the Bosox, but over the course of his nine years in MLB Moses would play for seven different teams. He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg).

Moses first appeared briefly with the Red Sox in 1965 at age 18 due to his bonus status, hitting a home run for his first hit, and also becoming the youngest player to hit a home run with the Red Sox, but soon returned to the minor leagues for more seasoning. He made the majors for good in 1969, and in 1970 Moses served as Boston's first-string catcher and was selected to the American League All-Star team. But after that season, he was included with Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro in a blockbuster trade to the California Angels. He did not win the Angels' starting catcher job and batted only .227 in 1971, and then began his career as a journeyman, never spending more than one full season with the Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He served as Detroit's regular catcher in 1974.

All told, Moses played in 386 major league games and collected 269 hits.

José Rijo

José Antonio Rijo Abreu (born May 13, 1965) is a Dominican former pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who spent the majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds (1988–1995 and 2001–2002). Originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1980, Rijo made his MLB debut with them in 1984, and also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics. He pitched and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall, and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg) during his playing career.The most notable success of Rijo's career came as a member of the Reds, where each year as a starting pitcher from 1988−1993, he posted an earned run average (ERA) below 3.00. He won a World Series title in 1990 and that event's Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). In 1993, he was the National League (NL) leader in strikeouts and Wins Above Replacement (WAR) at 10.6. He was named to the All-Star Game in 1994.

Elbow injuries sidelined Rijo for most of the 1995 season, and from 1996−2000, prevented him from appearing in the major leagues in spite of all his efforts. In 2001, he returned to the major leagues as a relief pitcher with the Reds. By doing so, he became the first player to appear in a game after receiving a Baseball Hall of Fame vote since Minnie Miñoso in 1976. As a result, Rijo was the Tony Conigliaro Award winner in 2002. He again retired after that season, and was elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2005.

Ray Jarvis (baseball)

Raymond Arnold Jarvis (born May 10, 1946) is a retired American professional baseball player. The right-handed pitcher appeared in 44 total games, including five starting assignments, in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1969–1970). He was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 198 pounds (90 kg).

Jarvis was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated from Hope High School. Boston drafted Jarvis in the eighteenth round of the 1965 amateur draft and he entered their farm system that season in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. After he made the varsity in the spring of 1969, Jarvis pitched over one hundred innings for the Red Sox during his two seasons with them, posting a 5–7 won–lost mark and a 4.64 earned run average, with two complete games and one save. In 116​1⁄3 innings pitched, he allowed 122 hits and 57 bases on balls, with 44 strikeouts.

On October 11, 1970, Jarvis was traded in a blockbuster deal to the California Angels with Tony Conigliaro and Jerry Moses for Doug Griffin, Ken Tatum and Jarvis Tatum. But he never pitched for the Angels, spending 1971 at Triple–A before leaving the game.

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Tony Conigliaro (mixologist)

Tony Conigliaro has written for industry magazines Theme and Class, and has been featured in articles in the mainstream UK media, in the likes of The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. The New York Times has acclaimed him as the "No.1 Bradsell protégé", comparing him to renowned bartender Dick Bradsell, and he has also been called "one of mixology's global poster boys".Conigliaro published his first book, Drinks, in 2012. The US edition, published in 2013 as The Cocktail Lab, won the 2014 James Beard award for best beverage book.

Tony Conigliaro Award

The Tony Conigliaro Award is a national recognition instituted in 1990 by the Boston Red Sox to honor the memory of Tony Conigliaro. It is given annually to a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who best "overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro."

Conigliaro debuted with the Red Sox in 1964, and was selected to the MLB All-Star Game in the 1967 season. Subsequently, he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. After missing the rest of the year and all of 1968, he made a comeback in 1969, homering on opening day. He then hit 20 home runs in that season, winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award. In 1970, he posted career highs in home runs with 36 and RBIs with 116, but vision problems continued to persist; his performance fell off, and he was never the same player. After a final comeback attempt in 1975, Conigliaro retired at age 30.Conigliaro died in 1990, and the Red Sox instituted the award in his honor. A panel is composed of the media, representatives of the commissioner, and the two leagues' offices. The selection is made by a panel of voters and the award is presented at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, held in January, by members of the Conigliaro family.

Tony Saunders

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Weldon Bowlin

Lois Weldon Bowlin (born December 10, 1940 in Paragould, Arkansas) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. Nicknamed "Hoss", he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1959, and acquired by the Kansas City Athletics in August 1961. He started two games for the A's in 1967.

Both games he appeared in were on the road against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium (September 16 and 17). He had five at bats, (with one hit), because Sal Bando pinch-hit for him and replaced him at third in both games. Bowlin's one hit, a single to right, came against pitcher Jack Hamilton, who earlier in the season had hit Red Sox All-Star Tony Conigliaro in the face with a fastball.

In his thirteen innings on the field, Bowlin recorded four assists and made no errors.

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