On March 1, 1954 — Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams, fractures his collarbone on the first day of spring training. The injury occurs as Williams dives for a ball hit by teammate Hoot Evers. As a result, the injury will force Williams to miss Opening Day and will keep him out of Boston lineup until May 15th.

Williams had hit .407 in 37 games at the end of the season after flying thirty-nine combat missions as a Marine pilot and crashed his plane twice will miss the first four weeks of the season.


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