Jackie Bradley Jr. has been wearing former Boston Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro’s jersey number 25 in spring training games.
Bradley wore No. 44 with the Red Sox last season, appearing in 37 games.
Conigliaro is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School where the gymnasium is named in his honor. At the age of 20, Conigliaro led the American League in home runs with 32, becoming the youngest player ever to win a home run title.
Conigliaro was named to the American League All-Star team in 1967 but his season ended on August 18 when he was struck in the eye by a pitch. The injury affected the vision in Congiliaro’s left eye for the remainder of his baseball career.
Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentin wore No. 25 during the 2012 season. Former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell previously wore No. 25 during his time with the Red Sox.
There are many observers, notably Boston Herald sportswriter Steve Buckley, who have lobbied to have the Red Sox retire Conigliaro’s jersey number.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is also switching jersey numbers from No. 72 to No. 2.
Bogaerts told WEEI Sports Radio in an interview that he is fan of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter who has worn the No. 2 on his jersey throughout his career. Bogaerts also said he admired Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who wore the No. 2 earlier in his career.
Bogaerts chose jersey No. 2 after Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees. Ellsbury will be wearing No. 22 for the Yankees this season.