On this date in 1976, Chicago White Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood takes a Ron LeFlore line drive off his kneecap in this game against the Detroit Tigers. The resultant fracture will put the portly knuckleballer (who'd averaged 21.2 wins, 44.8 starts and 336.2 innings over the previous five years) out of action for the rest of the season — but it will also spare him the indignity of having to don short pants during the team's three shorts-sportin' games that August.
Oh, and speaking of memorably horrific uniforms, check out the latest edition of "High and Tight," my baseball column for Rolling Stone Online. This week, I ask our esteemed panel of rock n' roll seamheads (including Alice Cooper, Steve Earle, Scott Ian, Tom Morello, and the cats from The Baseball Project) the question: Which are the coolest baseball uniforms of all time? And which are the worst?