January 3, 1943 – In a surprising move, Uncle Sam decides to draft 37 year-old Yankee right-hander Red Ruffing into the Army, where he will be assigned to non-combative duty, tossing baseballs and leading the soldiers’ physical fitness training… The future Hall of Famer lost four toes on his left foot in a mining accident in Coalton, Illinois as a 15 year-old.