1. Yes, absolutely.
2. Tony Conigliaro of teh Boston Red Sox.
3. He was a local boy who became an amazing hitter. He hit a home run in his first major league at bat. My brother Bill had met him several times.
4. I was 9, going on 10 when his career with the Red Sox began.
5. He left the Sox 3 times. In 1967 he was hit by a Jack Hamilton fast ball and severely wounded. Next, he managed a comeback, and was subsequently traded to the Angels. Finally, in 1975 he attempted to come back, and when that attempt failed he retired from MLB.
6. Sadly, Tony C passed away in 1990 due to complications, including pneumonia, from heart disease.
7. As I said above, I looked up to him because he was a local boy who made good. He was in the Lynn Item (newspaper) all the time for what he did at St. Mary's HS. He also made time for kids. One of my most treasured posessions is an autographed picture of Tony C that I got at a Boy Scout event.
He was having an amazing season in the Impossible Dream season of 1967 and I can only imagine the difference if the Hamilton pitch had not hit him. Would that have broken the "curse" 37 years before teh '04 Sox won. He was part of establishing the Red Sox as a consistently good team. Prior to 1967, the Sox were closer to pitiful than good.