Tony Conigliaro Award
Tony Conigliaro, the namesake of the award
|Awarded for||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.|
|Presented by||Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America|
|Currently held by||Mitch Harris, St. Louis Cardinals|
The Tony Conigliaro Award is a national award 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 1967. 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 comeback in 1969, homering on opening day. He hit 20 home runs in 1969, winning The Sporting News Comeback 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.
Conigliaro died in 1990, and the Red Sox instituted the award in his honor. A special 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.
|Indicates multiple award winners in the same year|
||Denotes player who is still active|
|1990||Eisenreich, JimJim Eisenreich||Kansas City Royals||Tourette syndrome|||
|1991||Thon, DickieDickie Thon||Philadelphia Phillies||A 1984 beaning very similar to the one that shortened Conigliaro's career|||
|1992||Abbott, JimJim Abbott||California Angels||Born without a right hand|||
|1993||Jackson, BoBo Jackson||Chicago White Sox||Hip replacement surgery in 1992|||
|1994||Leiter, MarkMark Leiter||California Angels||Death of 9-month-old son to spinal muscular atrophy during the offseason|||
|1995||Radinsky, ScottScott Radinsky||Chicago White Sox||Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma|||
|1996||Pride, CurtisCurtis Pride||Montreal Expos||Born deaf|||
|1997||Davis, EricEric Davis||Baltimore Orioles||Diagnosed with colon cancer early that season|||
|1998||Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen||Boston Red Sox||Serious shoulder injuries|||
|1999||Lowell, MikeMike Lowell||Florida Marlins||Testicular cancer|||
|2000^||Mercker, KentKent Mercker||Anaheim Angels||Cerebral hemorrhage|||
|2000^||Saunders, TonyTony Saunders||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||Broke arm while throwing a pitch|||
|2001^||Lloyd, GraemeGraeme Lloyd||Montreal Expos||Arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2000, and the death of his wife from Crohn's disease|||
|2001^||Johnson, JasonJason Johnson||Baltimore Orioles||Type 1 diabetes that required Johnson to wear an insulin pump on the field|||
|2002||Rijo, JoséJosé Rijo||Cincinnati Reds||Elbow injuries that required five surgeries and sidelined him for five years|||
|2003||Mecir, JimJim Mecir||Oakland Athletics||Born with two club feet|||
|2004||Brazelton, DewonDewon Brazelton||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||Reconstructive knee surgery and Tommy John surgery while in high school|||
|2005||Cook, AaronAaron Cook||Colorado Rockies||Blood clots in both lungs|||
|2006||Sanchez, FreddyFreddy Sanchez||Pittsburgh Pirates||Born with a club foot (right) and a severely pigeon-toed foot (left)|||
|2007||Lester, JonJon Lester||Boston Red Sox||Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006|||
|2008||Baldelli, RoccoRocco Baldelli||Tampa Bay Rays||Diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder that causes chronic muscle fatigue|||
|2009||Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter||St. Louis Cardinals||Had Tommy John surgery and nerve problems in his throwing arm|||
|2010||Benoit, JoaquínJoaquín Benoit||Tampa Bay Rays||Sat out a year after a rotator cuff tear|||
|2011||Campana, TonyTony Campana||Chicago Cubs||Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma as a child|||
|2012||Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey||New York Mets||Child sexual abuse, born without an ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm|||
|2013||Lackey, JohnJohn Lackey||Boston Red Sox||Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012|||
|2014||Ramos, WilsonWilson Ramos||Washington Nationals||Kidnapped in 2011, multiple injuries including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a broken hamate bone, and repeated hamstring strains|||
|2015||Harris, MitchMitch 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|||
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