Tony Conigliaro Award

In 2003, Jim Mecir received the Tony Conigliaro Award.  This national award was instituted in 1990 by the Boston Red Sox to honor the memory of their former star Tony Conigliaro. It is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro.

The reason Mecir was given the award is that he was born with a club foot; despite several childhood surgeries that enabled him to walk, he was left with a right leg that was one inch shorter than his left leg and a right calf that was only half the size of his left calf.

The namesake of this award, Tony Conigliaro, had his career tragically shortened when he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. After missing the rest of the 1967 season and all of 1968, he made a dramatic comeback in 1969, homering on opening day. He hit 20 home runs in 1969, winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award. The following season, he had career highs in home runs with 36 and RBIs with 116, but vision problems continued to persist; his performance fell off, and he was never the same player. After a final comeback attempt in 1975, Conigliaro retired at age 30.

A special panel is composed of the media, representatives of the commissioner, and the two leagues’ offices. The selection is made by Tony’s brothers Billy and Richie, and a fan. Announcement of the award is made at the annual major league winter meetings in December and the formal presentation takes place at the Boston Baseball Writers Association dinner in January.

Social Media


Team Improv

NEW! Jim has teamed up with Second City improv pro Ellen Schnur. Their laugh on your feet workshops bring together the lessons from Jim's 10 years on the mound and Ellen's improv tools to sharpen your teamwork, communication and innovation skills. Click Here for more information on Team Improv!


“Your story of overcoming obstacles along with the strong messages on adaptability and attitude were very appropriate and well-received. The group was clearly engaged by your first-hand stories and the connections between your experiences and business success.”
Glen Roberts 
Program Manager
Global Logistics, 

more testimonials...

Wisdom from the mound:

  • If you lack confidence you are defeated before you compete.
  • Even the experts are not always right! Find new ways to do things.
  • Attitude can overcome adversity, and there is an opportunity in nearly every situation.
  • Being committed and passionate about what you do makes all the difference.