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SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME
Mark Mulvoy
July 19, 1971
Tony Conigliaro—almost blind in one eye and homesick—gives up baseball and returns to Boston, to his family and to more controversy
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July 19, 1971

Show Me The Way To Go Home

Tony Conigliaro—almost blind in one eye and homesick—gives up baseball and returns to Boston, to his family and to more controversy

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"Yeah," snarled Tony at the tiny image, "real petty."

The Conigliaros have always presented a united front before a world they have long construed as hostile. Tony's retirement triggered Billy's anti-Yaz diatribe. Things might have been different, Billy said, if the brothers had been allowed to play in the same outfield.

"Tony was traded because of one guy," Billy had said in the clubhouse before leaving for Nahant. He pointed to Yastrzemski. "Tony was the best clutch hitter we had, and yet he got traded. Why? Because Yastrzemski runs this team. Johnny Pesky [a former manager], Ken Harrelson [also retired] and Tony are all gone because of him. I know I'm next, but I don't care."

Not far from the Conigliaro house that Tony has come home to, there is an auto dealership boldly emblazoned YAZ FORD. It is owned, of course, by Yastrzemski. The Conigliaros must pass by it on their way from Nahant to Boston. In the view of Tony and Billy, their troubles surround them.

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