Baseball base

June 14, 1964

Tony Conigliaro had a way of stealing the spotlight, particularly in the early years of his tragically shortened career.

As Earl Wilson won his fifth straight decision, stopping the Baltimore Orioles on five hits in a 6-2 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park. Wilson struck out 10 and walked one in his second straight complete game.

Conigliaro’s exit came as he tried to run out an infield hit. Shortstop Luis Aparicio snared Conigliaro’s ground ball in the hole and made a quick throw to Orioles first baseman Norm Siebern.

Sliding into the bag, Conigliaro thought he beat the throw. Umpire Al Smith disagreed.

(An aside – count this scribe among those who believe sliding into first base slows down the baserunner’s arrival.)

After the game, Conigliaro reportedly admitted he deserved to be tossed by using language for which his mother might grab a cake of soap for him to gnaw on while reflecting on the error of his ways.