Fenway Park

Feb. 6 1974

Tony Conigliaro continued hunting for a way to resume his cruelly shattered big-league baseball career.  And he continued having doors gently closed in his face, phone calls not returned, and the same bit of unsolicited advice: Forget it.

“I just can’t believe it.” Conigliaro said to Boston Globe lead baseball writer Peter Gammons. “Nobody is interested? Nobody at all? What does it mean?”

A man whose baseball career began with a bottomless well of potential can hardly be expected to meekly fade away. But deep in his heart Conigliaro understood why he had failed to drum up any interest and exactly what it meant.

When he came back from the injuries inflicted by Jack Hamilton’s beanball in 1967, Conigliaro looked poised to retake the heights he had claimed. In 1969 and 1970 he hit 56 home runs and drove in 198 runs.

The Red Sox apparently knew what was about to happen. They traded him to the Angels, and by July, with just four homers and 15 RBIs, he called it quits … for the time being.

After failing to find a place to play in 1974, Conigliaro continued working out, with the Red Sox inviting him to spring training and including him on their Opening Day roster.

Just 21 games into the 1975 season, hitting .123 two homers and nine RBIs, he was done for good.