John Lackey wins Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity

December 03, 2013 - 12:05 pm
John Lackey has been voted the winner of the 24th annual Tony Conigliaro Award, presented to an MLB player "who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C." After struggling in 2011 and then missing all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Lackey put together one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, posting a 3.52 ERA over 29 starts and 189 1/3 innings. Lackey then went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five postseason appearances, including four starts. The Red Sox began the award in 1990 in memory of Conigliaro, whose promising career was cut short when he was hit in the face by a pitch in 1967, causing a severe eye injury. Lackey is the third Red Sox player to win the award, joining Bret Saberhagen in 1998 and Jon Lester in 2007.