Tony Conigliaro: Spirit, Pride, & Determination
Quite often we hear stories of the legends of baseball, yet we don't always hear of the tragic heroes, like Tony Conigliaro. This year, James was asked to create a painting celebrating the career of the Boston Red Sox's Tony Conigliaro.
Conigliaro began his career in 1965, at the age of 20. He was the major's youngest homerun champion. At the age of 22, he had hit 100 homeruns faster than any player in history (these are still records to this day). In 1967, he had a near fatal beaning incident that would forever put his career and life in jeopardy.
Although suffering from vision problems, his spirit enabled him to make a comeback, hitting 20 more homeruns. Unfortunately, recurring problems with his sight forced him to retire at the young age of 26. Yet once again, with great determination, Conigliaro made his second comeback in 1975 with the Red Sox where he finally laid his career to rest.
In addition, Major League Baseball presents the Tony Conigliaro Award to a player who exemplifies the most courage in fighting back from diversity.
This litho has been produced in a series of 250 with 25 artists proofs.