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Old 10-10-2001, 02:47 PM
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Was there ever a major league player whose career was never the same after getting beaned? I'm talking about an all-star caliber player, who got drilled in the head in one at bat, then was never the same afterwards and was soon out of baseball?

I have a vague memory of some player this happened to - I think they brought it up after Wagner got hit by a line drive a couple years ago - but it was before my time and I can't seem to put this together into a search engine that yields any results...
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Old 10-10-2001, 02:50 PM
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Well, Ray Chapman, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, died after being beaned by Yankee pitcher Carl Mays in 1920.
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Old 10-10-2001, 02:56 PM
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Tony Conigliaro. Herb Score.
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Old 10-10-2001, 03:00 PM
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Kirby Puckett had to retire due to vision problems suffered after a beaning and he was all star caliber.
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A couple of other famous instances were:

Tony Conigliaro, who hit 24 Homers as a 19-year-old rookie with the Red Sox in 1964, and became youngest in history to lead the AL in HRs (32) in 1965. He was hit in the face with a fastball in 1967 and was never the same, although he did come back to hit 36 HRs in 1970.

Herb Score, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, went 16-10 in 1955, and 20-9 in 1956, then only 19-37 in six more years with the Indians and White Sox after being beaned.
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Old 10-10-2001, 03:07 PM
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Was there ever a major league player whose career was never the same after getting beaned? I'm talking about an all-star caliber player, who got drilled in the head in one at bat, then was never the same afterwards and was soon out of baseball?
A recent example was Dickie Thon. Thon was a young shortstop for the Astros who had a good season in 1982 and then a tremendous season in 1983, hitting and fielding brilliantly, and at the time looked like a Cal Ripken type. Early in 1984 he was beaned by Mike Torrez, and was out of baseball for a year and a half. He came back but always had problems with his vision, and never played particualrly well again.
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Old 10-10-2001, 03:08 PM
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Slight nit, wasn't Herb Score hit in the eye by a line drive while he was pitching?

But definitely Conigliaro and Ray Chapman.
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Sorry, Score wasn't beaned but was hit in the eye by a line drive off the bat of Yankee Gil MacDougal while Score was pitching.
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Whoops, kunilou beat me to the correction.
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Kirby Puckett retired due to glaucoma, not the effects of an injury.
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