Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #53: 1972 TONY CONIGLIARO

Here’s a card that I’ve created as a special request, a “missing” In-Action card in the 1972 Topps set for “Tony C”, Tony Conigliaro of the California Angels:


About as tragic a baseball figure as you can come across, Conigliaro was well on his way to a brilliant career before being hit in the face with a pitch in 1967 at the age of only 22.
By the time 1971 came around he found himself as a member of the Angels, trying to come back.
He appeared in 74 games, hitting .222 with four homers over 266 at-bats while playing the outfield, but the vision problems he suffered because of the injury came back, cutting short what could have a great career in the big leagues.
He did manage to make it back in 1975 with his original team, the Red Sox, for 21 games, but it didn’t work out as he hit .123 in that time, thus ending his career for good.
Sadly, even post-career his life was tragic, as he passed away at the young age of 45 in 1990 after suffering a heart attack and stroke eight years earlier.
RIP “Tony C”.

10 comments:

  1. Fantastic card of Tony C. I've read two great books about him. The first one I read in high school called "Seeing it Through". It was written around 1970 so Tony was enjoying a few fine seasons after the beaning. The second book, "Tony C." was published after his death death. If you're a Tony Conigliaro fan, these two books are a must read...

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  2. Awesome card!!! Thank you so much. Your cards are second to none...better than Topps! It's so much fun to re-live the 70's every day! Keep up the great work!

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  3. Love this card. Just finished reading the book " The Tony Conigliaro Story".

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  4. As we know, Topps didn't issue a regular card of Conigliaro in the '72 set. If they did, it's unlikely that they would've given him an IN ACTION card. As such, this creation doesn't excite me too much. Thanks, anyway.

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  5. Sounds to me like we need a regular card of Conigliaro for that '72 set. ;0) I love these creations!

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    1. I made one a while back! Click his name on the side where "Labels" are, you'll see it. Johnny Cabrera claims it as his favorite so far from the blog... ;)

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    2. Ah yes. Very cool. Keep up the good work Giovanni! These are part of my daily wake-up routine.

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  6. Yes! It is my favorite of your cards so far...!!!

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  7. Tony C. Is my alltime guy i tried to make a custom of his and it sucked..lol ..this on the other hand is wait for it.....AWESOMESAUCE

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