August 3, 1939; catcher Joe Sprinz of the PCL’s San Francisco Seals attempts to break the altitude record for catching a fly ball by having one dropped from a blimp. The first 4 balls hit the ground. The fifth ball hit his glove, but he couldn’t hold on and it went from his glove into his face, knocking him unconscious. Sprinz lost 5 teeth and broke 12 bones in his face.

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