Tony Conigliaro Award
The Tony Conigliaro Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who best overcomes a major, often life altering obstacle and continues to thrive through the adversity.
Conigliaro played for the Boston Red Sox and he was a truly gifted player until he was hit on the cheek with a fastball thrown by Jack Hamilton. Tony returned to the lineup a year and a half later, hit another twenty home runs, had thirty-six the year after, but was forced to retire due to his eyesight being permanently damaged.
Conigliaro died in 1990, eight years after a debilitating heart attack, at the age of forty-five and the Tony Conigliaro Award has been given annually in honor of his life.