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TONY CONIGLIARO
Born: January 7, 1945 in Revere, Massachusetts
Died: February 24, 1990 in Salem, Massachusetts
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Tony Conigliaro This article was written by Bill Nowlin and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research No matter how you measure it, Tony Conigliaro's career got off to a terrific start, but tragedy repeatedly intervened and the great promise of his early years remained unfulfilled.  A local boy made good, Tony was born and raised in the Boston area, signed with the hometown team, and made his major league debut in 1964 soon after he turned 19 years old.  In his very first at-bat at Fenway Park, Tony turned on the very first pitch he saw, and pounded it out of the park for a home run. By hitting 24 home runs in his rookie season, he set a record for the most home runs ever hit by a teenager.  When he led the league in homers with 32 the following year, he became the youngest player ever to take the home run crown. When he hit home run #100, during the first game of a doubleheader on July 23, 1967, he was only 22 - the youngest A.L. player to reach the 100 homer plateau. He hit #101 in the day's second game.As if that wasn't enough, Tony Conigliaro was a bona fide celebrity and singer with a couple of regional hit records to his credit. Tony C was born on January 7, 1945 in Revere, Massachusetts, and grew up both there and in East Boston, where he first played Little League ball at age nine. Tony and his younger brother Billy (b. 1947) were obsessed with baseball, playing it at every possible opportunity, usually with the support and guidance of their uncle Vinnie Martelli. "He used to pitch batting practice to me for hours, till my hands bled," wrote Conigliaro in his autobiography Seeing It Through.  In his very first at-bat for the Orient Heights Little League team, Tony hit a home run over the center-field fence. He credits coach Ben Campbell for giving him tremendous encouragement in youth baseball.
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