The next “Baseball Brothers” card is a 1972 version featuring Boston favorites Tony and Billy Conigliaro, though Tony was now in California as an Angels player trying to resurrect his career marked my tragedy:
Older brother Tony, once a bright and shining star for the Boston Red
Sox in the mid-60’s until he was struck in the face by a pitch, managed
to make his way back to the Major Leagues after such a terrible event,
and even had another great season in 1970 when he slammed 36 home runs
and drove in 116 runs, both career highs.
Incredible to think when considering the damage to his eye-sight after his gruesome injury.
But sadly the vision problems he sustained from the beaning came back,
curtailing any hope for an extended comeback after such a promising 1970
He would play in 74 games for California in 1971 before struggling to
make it back to the big leagues in 1975 with his hometown Red Sox.
But he’d only play in 21 games that season, ending what could have been a great Major League career.
As for younger brother Billy, after a promising rookie year in 1970
that saw him slam 18 home runs while batting .271 in only 114 games, he
could never quite match that production again, finding himself with the
Milwaukee Brewers in 1972 and the Oakland A’s in 1973, playing a total
of 100 games combined those two seasons before finding himself out of
baseball for good.
The “Tony C” story is especially tragic considering that he also passed
away at such a young age (45) in 1990, leaving many to feel that the
poor guy could not catch a break not only in the game, but in life as