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 December 13, 1943, future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins is born in Chatham, Ontario. Jenkins will pile up seven 20-win seasons and become the first Canadian to gain election to the Hall of Fame.