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BOSTON GLOBE'S FROM THE ARCHIVES
Wed August 15, 2012
From The Archives: Tony Conigliaro
Each week, Greater Boston is partnering with The Boston Globe to bring you photos “From the Archives,” a feature where more than 1 million staff photographs have been digitized and are being shared with the Globe’s readers each week.
The week of August 13, the Globe features images from...Tony Conigliaro's Injury.
On Aug. 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 made a comeback in 1969, but the injury prevented him from becoming the baseball legend that Sox fans dreamed he would be. >>WATCH: Boston Globe archivists talk about this photo