Tony Conigliaro Award

Last updated

Tony Conigliaro
Tony Conigliaro.jpg
Tony Conigliaro, the namesake of the award
Given forGiven 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.
Presented byBoston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America
First award1990
Most recent Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies

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. [1]

Conigliaro died in 1990, and the Red Sox instituted the award in his honor. [2] 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. [3]

Award winners

Jim Abbott Cannons.jpg
Jim Abbott learned how to pitch and use a glove with only one hand.
Lester Warms.jpg
Jon Lester helped the Red Sox win the 2007 World Series, one year after undergoing treatment for cancer.
Indicates multiple award winners in the same year
Denotes player who is still active
YearPlayerTeamAdversity overcomeRef
1990 Jim Eisenreich Kansas City Royals Tourette syndrome [2]
1991 Dickie Thon Philadelphia Phillies A 1984 beaning very similar to the one that shortened Conigliaro's career [2] [4]
1992 Jim Abbott California Angels Born without a right hand [5] [6]
1993 Bo Jackson Chicago White Sox Hip replacement surgery in 1992 [7]
1994 Mark Leiter California Angels Death of 9-month-old son to spinal muscular atrophy during the offseason [8]
1995 Scott Radinsky Chicago White Sox Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma [9]
1996 Curtis Pride Montreal Expos Born deaf [10]
1997 Eric Davis Baltimore Orioles Diagnosed with colon cancer early that season [11]
1998 Bret Saberhagen Boston Red Sox Serious shoulder injuries [12]
1999 Mike Lowell Florida Marlins Testicular cancer [13]
2000^ Kent Mercker Anaheim Angels Cerebral hemorrhage [14]
2000^ Tony Saunders Tampa Bay Devil Rays Broke arm while throwing a pitch [14]
2001^ Graeme Lloyd Montreal Expos Arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2000, and the death of his wife from Crohn's disease [15]
2001^ Jason Johnson Baltimore Orioles Type 1 diabetes that required Johnson to wear an insulin pump on the field [16]
2002 José Rijo Cincinnati Reds Elbow injuries that required five surgeries and sidelined him for five years [17]
2003 Jim Mecir Oakland Athletics Born with two club feet [18]
2004 Dewon Brazelton Tampa Bay Devil Rays Reconstructive knee surgery and Tommy John surgery while in high school [19]
2005 Aaron Cook Colorado Rockies Blood clots in both lungs [20]
2006 Freddy Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates Born with a club foot (right) and a severely pigeon-toed foot (left) [21]
2007 Jon Lester Double-dagger-14-plain.png Boston Red Sox Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006 [22]
2008 Rocco Baldelli Tampa Bay Rays Diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder that causes chronic muscle fatigue [23]
2009 Chris Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals Had Tommy John surgery and nerve problems in his throwing arm [24]
2010 Joaquín Benoit Double-dagger-14-plain.png Tampa Bay Rays Sat out a year after a rotator cuff tear [25]
2011 Tony Campana Double-dagger-14-plain.png Chicago Cubs Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma as a child [26]
2012 R.A. Dickey New York Mets Victim of child sexual abuse, born without an ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm [27]
2013 John Lackey Double-dagger-14-plain.png Boston Red Sox Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 [28]
2014 Wilson Ramos Double-dagger-14-plain.png Washington Nationals Kidnapped in 2011, multiple injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a broken hamate bone, and repeated hamstring strains [29]
2015 Mitch Harris St. Louis Cardinals Delayed baseball career five years while serving in the United States Navy; first Naval Academy graduate to make MLB debut since 1921 [30]
2016 Yangervis Solarte Double-dagger-14-plain.png San Diego Padres Death of his wife to cancer during the season, caring for their three young daughters [31]
2017 Chad Bettis Double-dagger-14-plain.png Colorado Rockies Diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2016, underwent surgery eight days later, went through chemotherapy until May 2017, and returned to baseball activities one month later [32]
2018 Stephen Piscotty Double-dagger-14-plain.png Oakland Athletics Death of his mother to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [33]
2019 Rich Hill Double-dagger-14-plain.png Los Angeles Dodgers Numerous arm injuries and the public announcement of the death of his son Brooks [34]
2020 Daniel Bard Double-dagger-14-plain.png Colorado Rockies Prior to the 2020 season, had last pitched in MLB in 2013 and had retired from professional baseball in 2017. [35]

See also

Related Research Articles

Boston Red Sox Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The team have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 14. Their most recent World Series appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

Jim Abbott American baseball player

James Anthony Abbott is an American former baseball pitcher. He is known for his success at the major league level despite having been born without a right hand. Abbott played ten seasons in Major League Baseball for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.

Tony Conigliaro American baseball player

Anthony Richard Conigliaro, nicknamed "Tony C" and "Conig", was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Boston Red Sox and California Angels (1971). Born in Revere, Massachusetts, he was a 1962 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lynn, Massachusetts. Conigliaro started his MLB career as a teenager, hitting a home run in his first at-bat during his home field debut in 1964, going on to set the still current record for home runs by a teenager, with 24. 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.

John Lackey American professional baseball player

John Derran Lackey is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 2002 through 2017 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. A three-time World Series champion, Lackey is regarded as a key figure in his clubs' postseason success, winning the title-clinching games of two out of the three Series. Selected to the MLB All-Star Game in 2007, he won that year's American League (AL) earned run average (ERA) title. After missing the 2012 season due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in his pitching elbow, and helping the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, Lackey was named the winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award.

Rich Hill (pitcher) American baseball player

Richard Joseph Hill is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He played college baseball for the Michigan Wolverines. Hill was drafted three times in the Major League Baseball draft before signing in 2002. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

Billy Conigliaro American baseball player

William Michael Conigliaro 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.

Jon Lester American baseball player

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs. Less than two years after being diagnosed with lymphoma, Lester started and won the final game of the 2007 World Series for the Red Sox, and in May 2008, pitched a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. He helped lead the Red Sox to another championship in 2013, and he won the 2016 World Series with the Cubs.

Graeme Lloyd Australian baseball player

Graeme John Lloyd 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).

Dustin Pedroia American baseball player

Dustin Luis Pedroia is an American baseball second baseman for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a four-time All-Star and an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player award winner, who has also received four Gold Glove Awards and a single Silver Slugger award.

Daniel Bard American baseball player

Daniel Paul Bard is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox from 2009 to 2013. In 2011, Bard set a Red Sox team record with 25 consecutive scoreless appearances. His highest velocity pitch was 102 miles per hour (164 km/h). In subsequent years, Bard experienced a loss of control over his pitches, derailing his playing career. After pitching in only two major league games during 2013, he played for several minor league teams before retiring in 2017 to become a player mentor. In 2020, Bard returned as a player after regaining his control, earned a spot on the Rockies' MLB roster, and went on to win the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Joaquín Benoit Dominican baseball player

Joaquín Antonio Benoit Peña is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington Nationals.

Jacoby Ellsbury American baseball player

Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury is an American professional baseball center fielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2013 and then played for the New York Yankees from 2014 to 2017. An enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Ellsbury is the first American Indian of Navajo descent to play Major League Baseball.

Dick Bresciani American baseball executive

Richard L. Bresciani 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.

Edgar Martínez Award

The Edgar Martínez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, commonly referred to as the Edgar Martínez Award and originally known as the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, has been presented annually to the most outstanding designated hitter (DH) in the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1973. The award is voted on by club beat reporters, broadcasters and AL public relations departments. All players with a minimum of 100 at bats at DH are eligible. It was given annually by members of the Associated Press who are beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations directors. The Associated Press discontinued the award in 2000, but it was picked up by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which has administered it since.

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 team then faced the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967 World Series, which the Red Sox lost in seven games.

The 1970 Boston Red Sox season was the 70th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses, 21 games behind the Baltimore Orioles, who went on to win the AL championship and the 1970 World Series.

J. D. Martinez American baseball player

Julio Daniel Martinez is an American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. A right-handed thrower and batter, Martinez stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 221 pounds (100 kg).

Brandon Workman American baseball player

Brandon Carlin Workman is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Workman made his MLB debut in 2013. He both throws and bats right-handed, and is listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 235 pounds (107 kg).

Mookie Betts American baseball player

Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox. In 2018, while with the Red Sox, he became the first player in MLB history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season.


  1. "Jason Heyward, Max Stassi hope for quick returns from pitches to face". August 22, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Tony Conigliaro, Ray Chapman, and the Catastrophic Beaning «". Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  3. "Wilson Ramos wins Conigliaro award". Associated Press. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. "Baseball: Conigliaro award presented". Sun Journal . Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. December 10, 1991. p. 25. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. Swaine, Rick. "Jim Abbott". Society for American Baseball Research . Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  6. "Honored". The Times-News. Associated Press. December 8, 1992. p. 1B. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  7. Swartz, Bryn. "Bo Jackson: What Could Have Been?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. "Leiter to receive Conigliaro award". The Telegraph. Associated Press. December 2, 1994. p. 46. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  9. "Yanks put Boggs on hold". Eugene Register-Guard . December 2, 1995. p. 7D. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  10. "Curtis Pride wins award for courage". The Argus-Press . Owosso, Michigan. Associated Press. December 11, 1996. p. 11. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  11. "Davis to receive Tony Conigliaro Award". Bangor Daily News . November 26, 1997. p. C5. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  12. "Henderson set to steal for the Mets". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. December 14, 1998. p. 6B. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  13. "Marlins' Lowell wins Conigliaro award". Bangor Daily News. December 14, 1999. p. C5. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  14. 1 2 "Camden Yards Renovations | O's may add another dimension to Camden Yards renovations". The Baltimore Sun . December 10, 2000. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  15. "Luke set to fly with Blue Jays". The Sydney Morning Herald . April 7, 2002. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  16. "Pumped-up Johnson adds Tony C. Award to 10 wins". The Baltimore Sun. December 12, 2001. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  17. "Rijo wins Conigliaro Award". The Victoria Advocate . Victoria, Texas. December 14, 2002. p. 3B. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  18. "Jim Mecir voted 2003 Tony Conigliaro Award winner". (Press release). December 12, 2003. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  19. Devil Rays Public Relations (December 10, 2004). "Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton wins 2004 Tony Conigliaro Award". (Press release). Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  20. Harding, Thomas (January 13, 2006). "Cook inks two-year pact with Rockies: Righty also wins prestigious honor in Boston". Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  21. "Freddy Sanchez wins 2006 Tony Conigliaro Award". (Press release). December 6, 2006. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  22. Wilbur, Eric (November 28, 2007). "Lester gets the honor". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  23. Times Editor (November 25, 2008). "Rocco Baldelli wins Tony Conigliaro Award | Tampa Bay Times". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  24. Keefe, Neil (January 11, 2010). "Chris Carpenter Wins 2009 Tony Conigliaro Award | MLB". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  25. "Benoit receives Conigliaro Award for comeback | News". November 19, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  26. "Tony C. wins Tony C. award « Muskat Ramblings". December 9, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  27. Pepin, Matt (December 6, 2012). "R.A. Dickey wins Tony Conigliaro Award". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  28. "John Lackey Wins 2013 Tony Conigliaro Award". (Press release). December 3, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  29. Pepin, Matt (January 16, 2014). "Nationals catcher Ramos wins Conigliaro Award". MSN Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  30. "Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris wins 2015 Tony Conigliaro Award". Fox Sports. Associated Press. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  31. "Padres INF Yangervis Solarte wins Tony Conigliaro Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  32. "Colorado Rockies' Chad Bettis, a cancer survivor, named 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award winner". MassLive. December 7, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  33. Smith, Christopher. "Stephen Piscotty, Athletics outfielder whose mother died of ALS, wins 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award". Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  34. Browne, Ian (December 20, 2019). "Rich Hill named recipient of '19 Conigliaro Award".
  35. Green, Dave (December 21, 2020). "Rockies reliever Daniel Bard wins Tony Conigliaro Award". NBC Sports . Retrieved December 23, 2020.