On May 31, 1970, Baltimore Orioles star Paul Blair is hit by a pitch thrown by California Angels relief pitcher Ken Tatum. Blair suffers a broken nose and other facial fractures. Although Blair will recover and continue to play for 10 more seasons, he will never hit above .280 over the balance of his career.
Houston Astros place pitcher J.R. Richard on the disabled list amidst rumors that he is malingering and feigning an arm injury
July 16, 1980
Jimmie Foxx of the Boston Red Sox undergoes an appendectomy, sidelining him for the rest of the season
September 9, 1939
Eddie Waitkus of the Philadelphia Phillies is shot with a .22-caliber rifle by an obsessed 19-year-old fan
June 14, 1949
April 2, 1952