Tony Conigliaro Award

Tony Conigliaro Award

Tony Conigliaro Award

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The Tony Conigliaro Award is a national award instituted in 1990 by the Boston Red Sox to honor the memory of their former star Tony Conigliaro. It is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro. His promising career was tragically shortened when he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. After missing the rest of the 1967 season and all of 1968, he made a dramatic comeback in 1969, homering on opening day. He hit 20 home runs in 1969, easily winning the "Come Back Player of the year Award". The following season, he had 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.

A special panel is composed of the media, representatives of the commissioner, and the two leagues' offices. The selection is made by Tony's brothers Billy and Richie, and a fan. Announcement of the award is made at the annual major league winter meetings in December and the formal presentation takes place at the Boston Baseball Writers Association dinner in January.

Award winners

This is the list of the players honored with the Tony Conigliaro Award, including the specific adversities they had to overcome:

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