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Tony Conigliaro hit by pitch...

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August 19, 1967

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusetts, August 19, 1967 

* Tony Congliaro hit by pitch 
* Boston Red Sox
* Major League Baseball

This 14 page newspaper has a three column headline on page 10: "Conigliaro Injured, Will Be Sidelined" with subhead and photo of him being carried off the field. (see)

Tells of Boston Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro being hit by a pitch which caused severe damage to his face and eye.

Other news of the day throughout. Minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: 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 (Lynn, Massachusetts). During the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season of 1967, he was hit in the face by a pitch, causing a severe eye injury and derailing his career. Though he would make a dramatic comeback from the injury, his career was not the same afterwards.

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. The batting helmet he was wearing did not have the protective ear-flap that has since become standard.

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