April 8, 1969 marked the date of Tony Conigliaro's 1st game back after recuperating from a horrific beaning from Jack Hamilton of the Angels on August 18, 1967 in Boston. He had suffered from a broken cheekbone and severe damage to his left retina. He won the Comeback Player of the Year that year, hitting 20 homers with 82 RBI in 141 games, but on this day in 1969, Tony C. stepped up to the plate in his 1st game back, and proceeded to hit a HR on the 1st pitch he saw.
April 8, 1969: After a long recovery following a August 1967 beaning, Tony Conigliaro starts his first game for Boston. His dramatic 2-run 10th-inning home run gives the Red Sox a brief lead, and his 12th-inning run wins it, 5–4 over the O's at Baltimore.