Jack Hamilton, pitcher who beaned Tony C., dies at 79.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jack Hamilton, a pitcher who pitched for the Phillies (1962-1963), Tigers (1964-1965), Mets (1966-1967), Angels (1967-1968), Indians (1969) and White Sox (1969) has passed away at the age of 79.

Hamilton, however, is best known for one pitch he threw that got away on August 18, 1967. That pitch beaned Red Sox OF Tony Conigliaro, breaking his cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and causing retinal damage that affected his vision. Conigliaro, who had hit 100 HR by the age of 22, and who won the AL HR title at age 20 in 1965, was never the same. Tony C. missed the rest of the 1967 season, the World Series (won by St. Louis over Boston in seven games) and all of the 1968 season. He made a comeback in 1969, had a good 1969 and 1970 but was dealt to the Angels. Vision problems recurred and Conigliaro was forced to retire after the 1971 season. He did have a brief comeback in 1975 for Boston. Later, Conigliaro had a debilitating heart attack that left him basically in a vegetative state for years before he died at the age of 45 in 1990.

What could have been.

Hamilton had his best season in that year of 1967, going 11-6, 3.35, ERA+ 95 between the Mets and Angels. He started 21 games and relieved in 22 more.

For his career, Hamilton was 32-40, 4.53, ERA+ 78. His 162 g. average was 8-10, 4.53, ERA+ 78. As a hitter he hit .107-1-7 in 150 at bats.

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