On January 7, 1971, Cincinnati Reds star Bobby Tolan ruptures his Achilles tendon while playing basketball. Tolan will miss the entire season and will never regain the form that he displayed in 1970, when he batted .316 and stole a league-leading 57 bases.
On December 27, 1967, Boston Red Sox star Jim Lonborg undergoes surgery on his left knee, four days after a skiing accident. Lonborg, who won a career-high 22 games for the Red Sox during their “Impossible Dream” season, will struggle to regain his pitching form.
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On March 8, 1938, Lou Gehrig rejects the latest contract offer from the New York Yankees-a one-year deal worth $39,000. Four days later, Gehrig will agree to the same Yankee offer and end his spring training holdout.