On March 9, 1967 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ted Davidson was shot by his estranged wife Mary in an alley alongside the Chicken Delight Restaurant in Tampa, Florida. Davidson was shot twice in the right shoulder and the left side of the abdomen with a .22-caliber automatic. The incident happened after the two had an argument inside the restaurant. Davidson was on the critical list for days, but recovered and returned to the playing field in June.

He was being counted on heavily for 1967, as fellow lefty firemen Jim O’Toole had been traded, and Joe Nuxhall had retired. In addition, Reds manager Dave Bristol wanted to move bullpen ace Billy McCool into the starting rotation.

Davidson pitches in only 9 games in 1967 and retired after the 1968 season. He never recovered from the injury.

 

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