A famous professional baseball player has just passed away. Jack Hamilton has died at the age of 79 in Branson, Missouri.
Hamilton was a professional baseball pitcher who played for numerous teams during his career. However, he is most well-known for a tragic accident involving a single pitch.
He threw a pitch in the fourth inning that fractured Tony Conigliaro's left cheekbone dislocated his jaw and left him with retina damage and blurred vision. An All-Star who at 22 became the youngest American League player to reach 100 home runs, Conigliaro had helped put the Red Sox in position to win their first pennant since 1946, according to ESPN.
"It was a high fastball," Hamilton told The Associated Press in 1987. "He didn't move at all. He didn't even flinch, jerk his head or anything. It was hard to sit there and take a pitch like that."
Hamilton felt awful for the pitch. In the moments leading up to the incident, a fan had thrown a smoke bomb on the field that had caused play to be delayed. Many people wonder if the delay in the game caused Hamilton's shoulder to stiffen up and skew his accuracy. Hamilton later said he tried to visit Conigliaro when he learned how badly he was injured.
"When I found out how serious it was, I tried to visit him at the hospital, but they were only letting the family in," Hamilton said told the AP. "I never had a chance to see him or say anything to him after that."
Hamilton is survived by his wife and children, as well as his grandchildren. Please join us in praying our their family during this difficult time.
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