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Tony Conigliaro Game-Used Bat Signed Red Sox – COA PSA/DNA & JSAGo Back
Winning Bid: $1,449.46
Winning Bid: $1,449.46
Auction ends: 2022-09-24 23:00
Total price with Buyers Premium: $1,739.35
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Tony Conigliaro was the youngest home run king in the American League when he won the title in 1965 with 32, two more than Norm Cash. In 1964, Conigliaro put together an excellent rookie season with the Boston Red Sox collecting 117 hits, 24 home runs and 52 RBI as well as batting .290. He continued to improved leading the American League in home runs in his sophomore campaign and remained consistent until until 1967.
In August of 1967, as the Red Sox faced the California Angels, Tony was hit in the cheekbone with a pitch suffering a dislocated jaw, broken cheekbone and damaged retina. Conigliaro went through an extensive recovery, batting .255 with 129 hits and 20 home runs to earn the 1970 Hutch Award as the player who best ‘exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson (Comeback Player of the Year). After his comeback, Conilgliaro played three more seasons with Boston and California before retiring in 1975. Tony played eight seasons with the Red Sox (1964-1967, 1969-1970, 1975) and the Angels (1971). Tony Conigliaro finished his career with 849 hits including 139 doubles and 166 homre runs, scored 464 runs, drove in 516 RBI while batting .264 over eight seasons.
His career may have been brief as a result of suffering a terrible eye injury, but bats used by slugger Tony Conigliaro have always been popular with collectors. It is clear that Conigliaro preferred H&B bats during his career. He was also known for using some pine tar, which can often be found in a concentrated area near the upper handle on well-used Conigliaro gamers. Most Conigliaro bats can be found with his primary uniform number (25) noted on the knob. Keep in mind that he also wore “10” with the California Angels and “4” during his second stint with the Boston Red Sox. Bats which date to his first stint with the Red Sox tend to sell for a premium.
Presented is a game used Tony Conigliaro bat from his time with the Red Sox (1965-69 labeling period). The Hillerich & Bradsbey K55 Louisville Slugger bat measures in at 35″ and weighs in at 30.9 oz. The ash bat exhibits evidence of light to moderate use with a handle crack. A few ball marks are visible on the left and back barrel. There are green bat rack streaks also present on the barrel. His signature light coating of pine tar is on the handle.
The model number (K55) is stamped into the knob. Also appearing on the knob is Conigliaro’s player number (“25”) written in fading marker and the weight of the bat (32) is written in pencil. As a tremendous value addition (any signature of his is a rarity), the bat was also autographed in blue felt tip (“7-8”) by Conigliaro.
Also included is a Washington Senators program from 1965 autographed by Boston Red Sox stars from the game on the cover in ballpoint pen (“9”). The program was scored on the inside. Signers on the front cover include Tony Conigliaro, Rico Petrocelli, Jim Longborg, Dalton Jones, Dave Morehead and Russ Nixon.
Authentication: PSA/DNA Bats & JSA Full Letter
Tony Conigliaro Game-Used Bat Signed Red Sox