The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

5. Tony Conigliaro

Sport: Baseball
Years Active: 1964-1967, 1969-1971, 1975
Career Stats: .264 BA 166 HR 516 RBI
Injuries: Dislocated jaw, linear fracture of left cheekbone, left retina damage

Tony C was supposed to be one of the greats. He still holds the record for most home runs by a teenager in MLB history and is the youngest player to hit 100 home runs behind Mel Ott. Conigilaro, a Massachusetts native, was on Boston's "Impossible Dream" team that made it to the '67 World Series behind Carl Yastrzemski's Triple Crown performance, their first World Series appearance since 1946. In August of '67 he was hit in the cheekbone by a pitch that broke his jaw and severely damaged his eye. Tony made a couple comebacks, even hitting career-highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (116) in 1970. But, his sight kept deteriorating and he was forced to retire for good.

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