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Fenway
08-18-2010, 04:43 PM
Chad Finn remembers a very sad day in Bosox history. It also would affect the White Sox many years later, and still does today.

http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2010/08/tony_c.html

The medical care the Red Sox provided in that era was suspect.

The Red Sox used a tiny Catholic hospital in Cambridge for years - Sancta Maria which was on Memorial Drive near MIT. In a city known for world class hospitals WHY Sancta Maria????

http://webpages.charter.net/joekuras/tonyc.gif

Why wasn't Tony rushed to Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary which is one of the best in the world. Instead he was sent to Sancta Maria and the good nuns.

This wasn't the first time a Red Sox player may have had his health compromised and in one case may well have killed a player - Harry Agganis.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/deaths/harry_agganis_obituary.shtml

The hospital never discovered the blood clot that killed him. It is very possible Harry would have survived if he had been at MGH, Beth Israel, Brigham just to name a few. They had the best equipment in the world - Sancta didn't.

Strange how the universe works. Tony's misfortune would become a pot of gold for another ballplayer that continues to this day - Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson.

If Tony C isn't beaned - Hawk never comes to Boston and becomes a 'rock star'. Hawk even after traded to Cleveland remained adored by Red Sox fans. So much so that WSBK-TV's GM Bill Flynn hires him in 1975 to do color with Dick Stockton.

Hawk would get fired by Jean Yawkey after the 1981 season for calling Haywood Sullivan an idiot and he went to the White Sox where he remains today.

None of this happens to Hawk if Tony ducked. Hawk would likely have become a golf pro somewhere.

Finally irony - Tony C was interviewed by WSBK to replace Hawk. I was told he got the job and he was flying back to San Francisco to quit his sports anchor job at KGO-TV.

It has long been rumored that Tony and his brother did some coke on the way to Logan (remember it is the early 80's and coke was still considered harmless)

Just a sad, sad story.

Coops4Aces
08-18-2010, 05:10 PM
Reading that article shows how stupid it is for so many people to scream for the Sox to throw at Young or Mauer. And I'm not talking about their backsides, I'm talking about people who want us to put one in their ear.

Fenway
08-18-2010, 05:37 PM
Reading that article shows how stupid it is for so many people to scream for the Sox to throw at Young or Mauer. And I'm not talking about their backsides, I'm talking about people who want us to put one in their ear.

Tony could have had a HoF career - he was the youngest at the time to hit 100 homers and was perfect for Fenway.

His comebacks in both 1969 and 1975 were amazing when you consider he was blind in one eye from the beaning.

He had an excellent future in sports television ahead as after working at WJAR-TV in Providence he was hired by KGO-TV in San Francisco where his name meant little - he was that good on the air.

Hitmen77
08-18-2010, 06:16 PM
Strange how the universe works. Tony's misfortune would become a pot of gold for another ballplayer that continues to this day - Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson.

If Tony C isn't beaned - Hawk never comes to Boston and becomes a 'rock star'. Hawk even after traded to Cleveland remained adored by Red Sox fans. So much so that WSBK-TV's GM Bill Flynn hires him in 1975 to do color with Dick Stockton.

Hawk would get fired by Jean Yawkey after the 1981 season for calling Haywood Sullivan an idiot and he went to the White Sox where he remains today.

None of this happens to Hawk if Tony ducked. Hawk would likely have become a golf pro somewhere.

Finally irony - Tony C was interviewed by WSBK to replace Hawk. I was told he got the job and he was flying back to San Francisco to quit his sports anchor job at KGO-TV.

It has long been rumored that Tony and his brother did some coke on the way to Logan (remember it is the early 80's and coke was still considered harmless)

Just a sad, sad story.

Is that when Conigliaro suffered that heart attack (on the way to the airport) that left him in a coma until he died?

Fenway
08-18-2010, 06:35 PM
Is that when Conigliaro suffered that heart attack (on the way to the airport) that left him in a coma until he died?

Yes - his brother made a u-turn and headed back into the tunnel to get to Mass General Hospital - not knowing there was a mini-ER at the airport. The tunnel in the pre Big Dig days was backed up as usual costing precious seconds.

In 1988 the Today Show showed what Tony had become - not in a coma but a complete zombie. It was horrific to watch.

SOXSINCE'70
08-19-2010, 05:58 PM
Every baseball fan should fear a repeat of a moment such as this.:(: