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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
John Lackey wins Tony C. Award

By ESPNBoston.com

Red Sox starter John Lackey was named the winner of the 2013 Tony Conigliaro Award, an honor presented annually to the major leaguer who has overcome the most adversity.

After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, the right-handed Lackey was 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 regular-season starts. In five postseason starts, he was 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

Major league teams submit nominations for the award, and a 12-person panel decides the winner. Lackey will be presented with the award Jan. 23 at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The Red Sox have given out the award annually for the past 24 years to honor Conigliaro, who died in 1990 after a heart attack eight years earlier left him severely handicapped.

At age 20, Conigliaro became the youngest player to lead the American League in homers, with 32 in 1965, and he seemed headed for a great career with the Red Sox. But he was struck by a pitch in the face in 1967 and missed all of the 1968 season. He made a comeback with the Sox in 1969 and 1970 before being dealt to the Angels, for whom he played in parts of 1970 and ‘71. He made one final comeback with the Red Sox in 1975 before hanging up his cleats.

Among former winners of the award is Jon Lester, who won it in 2007 after battling cancer.