June 26, 1972

Billy Conigliaro, never particularly happy after the Red Sox shipped him to Milwaukee over the off-season, took a giant step toward big-league baseball’s exit door by walking out of the Brewers clubhouse shortly before the start of their Sunday doubleheader against Boston.

Old pal George Scott offered an alibi, telling the Boston Globe that Billy C. had a touch of the flu. After approaching Conigliaro and reminding him it was time to suit up, Brewers manager Del Crandall said the outfielder packed up his brief case (“He carries one of those things with him everywhere”) and left.

In July, 1972, Conigliaro announced his retirement. During spring training in 1973, he made a comeback with the Oakland A’s, sticking with the team through its third straight world championship season. HE had knee surgery during the off-season and was waived by the A’s.

His baseball career was over.

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