Feb. 23, 1968

Still recovering from torn ligaments in his left knee, endured in a December skiing mishap, no one expected Jim Lonborg to show up at Red Sox training camp on Day 1.

The question was, when would he be able to not only stop by but to actually begin preparing himself for the defending American League champions; 1968 season.

Red Sox trainer Buddy Leroux speculated that Lonborg would be in camp by March 8 and have plenty of time to get ready for a return in May.

Well, ol’ Buddy didn’t say Lonborg would return and pitch well. He made 17 starts and went 6-10. In fact, he never did regain the form that won him the 1967 Cy Young Award.

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