In July of 1945, American League President Will Harridge sent samples of the "ruptured duck" honorable discharge service patch to various club officials. In the accompanying letter he noted: "One Major League Club, at least, The Chicago Cubs, has this emblem attached to the uniform of their players honorably discharged. I will leave it to your judgment as to whether or not this is desirable." Four members of the Cubs (Hiram Bithorn, Peanuts Lowrey, Mickey Livingston, and Paul Gillespie) and the Yankees' Red Ruffing are the only players known to have worn this special patch on their big league uniform.

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