March 13, 1954

On March 13, 1954, Bobby Thomson of the Milwaukee Braves breaks his ankle sliding into second base. The injury creates an opening in Milwaukee’s lineup for future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

January 07, 1971

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.

December 27, 1967

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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