Tony C., a 1962 graduate of Saint Mary's in Lynn, burst onto the Red Sox scene in 1964 and became and instant fan-favorite. In 1967, he became the youngest American League player to reach 100 home runs at age 22 years, 6 months, and 16 days. But during August of the "Impossible Dream" season, Conigliaro was hit in the eye by a pitch thrown by the Angels' Jack Hamilton and suffered severe damage. In 1969, Conigliaro was named Comeback Player of the Year, but damage to his sight forced him to retire in 1975. Conigliaro suffered a heart attack in January 1982 and never fully recovered. Tony C. died on Feb. 24, 1990, a little over a month past his 45th birthday.