Monday, August 18, 2008
An Unhappy Anniversary: Tony Conigliaro's Beaning
Two weeks after the accident, Conigliaro still couldn't see out of his left eye. The macula — what Conigliaro referred to in interviews as "the film for the camera" — had been damaged in the impact, a hole torn in his vision that doctors told him would give him 20/300 vision, no depth perception, and dashed hopes of a future career.
Seven months later, with no explanation, the tear had filled in, his vision returned, and once again he started in right for the Red Sox. He was traded in the 1970/71 offseason to the Angels, where he languished for one final season before retirement was forced upon him. He made a comeback attempt in 1975 with Boston, but it failed and he retired for good thereafter.