TONY CONIGLIARO UP FROM DESPAIR Author:Robert Rubin In the summer when he was 21, Tony Conigliaro slammed 32 balls out of various major-league ball parks and became the youngest batsman to lead the American League in home runs. — Two season later, On August 18, 1967, Tony was struck by a pitched ball that fractured his cheek and closed both eyes. — The following spring, just before the start of the... more » season, doctors notified Tony that he would not play ball any more.
He did play again, but it was 589 days after his accident before Tony hit a home run in an official league game., on his way back from total despire. Tony, who began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox, was traded to Cafilornia Angels after the 1970 season.« less