In 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe performed the very first ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, a revolutionary procedure that would become known as Tommy John surgery, named after the very first (and highly successful) recipient of the operation.
Hundreds of baseball players have undergone the surgery since, and it has been credited with saving the careers of numerous big league pitchers.
However, some recoveries have been better than others. Here is a ranking of the 10 best pitching careers post-Tommy John surgery.
Note that this list factors in only post-surgery numbers. A player’s numbers prior to the operation are used only for comparison, while future projections are not considered.