Hall of Fame to Honor Tommy John and His Surgeon, Dr. Frank Jobe

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Hall of Fame to Honor Tommy John and His Surgeon, Dr. Frank Jobe

Dr. Frank Jobe changed baseball for the better. In 1974, the orthopedic surgeon pioneered a method of replacing the damaged ulnar collateral ligament of a pitcher whose career might have otherwise been over by grafting a tendon from the wrist of his non-throwing arm. After an arduous 18-month rehab, that pitcher not only returned to the majors, but won more games and threw more innings after the surgery (164 and 2,544 2/3, respectively) than before (124 and 2,165 2/3); in his first five years back, he placed in the top four in three Cy Young votes. That pitcher, of course, was Tommy John, and the procedure pioneered by Jobe quickly became known as Tommy John surgery.

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