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Who remembers them? (XNUMX)

One of the reasons Herb Score, Tony Conigliaro and Bo Jackson aren't in the Major League Hall of Fame is because they haven't accumulated the minimum number of years to ever get through the gates of Cooperstown.

There are 10 years, and as we have insisted, it is impossible to foresee the temporality of a performance. However, look at the case of Conigliaro. He barely needed a campaign in the minors, to be exact in class A, and when he reached the big leagues he was barely 19 years old.

For this reason, in part, there was no lack of those who thought that the Boston Red Sox already had, but with a full-fledged successor, with someone who could be close to Ted Williams or Carl Yastrzemski, at that beginning of the 60s, the Red Sox of Boston's most famous. Going to
illusion, although while it lasted, there were not a few who thought that a new Messiah had come to the city.

Before ascending to the majors in April 1964, Conigliaro had passed through the Red Sox category, an offensive average of .363 in 83 games, plus 24 home runs and 74 RBIs.

That's why at the start of the season, manager Johnny Pesky placed him in center field between Yastrzemski and Lou Clinton in right field.

His first hit in the majors was a single off left-hander Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees on opening day of the season. When he finished the season, he was hitting .290 with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs in 111 games.

Then in 1965, he jumped to the top of the circuit with 32 homers.

In 1967, the Red Sox are locked in a final day race for the crown with the Tigers, Twins and White Sox, and Conigliaro is in contention until August 18.

That day, Boston beats the Angels but loses Conigliaro for the rest of the season. In the fourth act, a ball from Jack Hamilton hits him in the face. He doesn't play again, until XNUMX, and the beginning of injuries that ruin his stay in the big top forever.
until 1969, and a start of injuries that ruins his stay in the big top forever.

From 1972 to 1974, Tony Conigliaro did not appear in a single match and only in 21 in 1975, the last combat campaign . Still 30 years old. His career numbers show a .264 batting average with 166 homers and 516 RBIs.

With those figures there is no way to grant him the status of a player in the Hall of Fame. Especially for having lived in Boston, where Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, plus those who came after, such as Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice, without suffering from the curse of injuries and what is known as bad luck

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