Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of a tragic event in the midst of what would become a legendary year for the Boston Red Sox. On August 18th, 1967, the team was in fourth place, playing the California Angels.
Right-hander Tony Conigliaro came up to bat. Then a pitch beaned him near the left eye, directly above the cheekbone. Conigliaro collapsed, unconscious. He didn't play again until two years later. He died, at age 45, in 1990.
That moment, 40 years ago, when "Tony C" got hit, is forever etched in memory, not only for Sox fans but also for the team's players, past and present.
Two of Conigliaro's 1967 teammates join WBUR's Bob Oakes for a conversation today: pitcher Jim Lonborg and second baseman Mike Andrews.
This program aired on August 16, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.