Jack Hamilton (baseball)

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Jack Hamilton
Pitcher
Born: (1938-12-25) December 25, 1938 (age 75)
Burlington, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1962 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
August 10, 1969 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win-Loss 32-40
Saves 20
Earned run average 4.53
Teams

Jack Edwin Hamilton (born December 25, 1938 in Burlington, Iowa) was a Major League Baseball pitcher.

Professional career[edit]

Originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent, he debuted as a starter for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962 and posted a 9–12 record with an earned run average of 5.09. He showed more promise pitching out of the bullpen, and spent most of his career as a relief pitcher until his retirement in 1969, although he was converted back to a starting pitcher for the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

Tony Conigliaro incident[edit]

In 1967, Hamilton was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career when he was traded by the New York Mets to the California Angels. On August 18, the Angels were playing the Boston Red Sox in a game that would have important implications for the American League pennant race. The game became a turning point in the careers of two players. Facing Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro, who was set in a stance close to home plate, Hamilton hit Conigliaro with a pitch on the left cheekbone that fractured his cheekbone and eye socket and severely damaged his retina. Conigliaro nearly died, and the damage to his vision kept him off the field the remainder of the year and all of 1968. He made a promising-but-brief comeback in 1969-1970 until his vision problems returned, which eventually forced his early retirement from baseball in 1975 at age 30. Hamilton never fully recovered, either --- unwilling to pitch inside for fear of severely injuring another batter, Hamilton's strikeout rate declined, his opponents' batting average rose, and his earned run average soared. He retired in 1969, finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox.

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton currently lives in Branson, Missouri with his wife, Jan. They have a son and two daughters. Since his retirement from Major League Baseball, Hamilton has owned and operated several restaurants in Iowa and Southwest Missouri.

Career highlights[edit]

Accomplishments

Notable statistics

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