Mets knuckleballer and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was named the recipient of the 23d Tony Conigliaro Award, the Red Sox announced Thursday.
The award goes to a player “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.”
Dickey was a minor league journeyman with occasional major league appearances before going 11-9 for the Mets in 2010. He was 8-13 in 2011, and then had a breakout season in 2012 at age 37, going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
The award will be presented by the Conigliaro family at the Boston Baseball Writers Association of America’s annual banquet Jan. 24.
The Red Sox began the award in 1990 in memory of Conigliaro, a former Red Sox player who died that February after an eight-year struggle to recover from a heart attack that left him severely handicapped. Major League teams submit nominations and an independent 12-person panel does the voting.