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Tommy John
Pitcher
Born: May 22, 1943 (1943-05-22) (age 66)
Terre Haute, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 6, 1963 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 25, 1989 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     288-231
Earned run average     3.34
Strikeouts     2,245
Teams
Career highlights and awards
.Thomas Edward John Jr. (born May 22, 1943) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball whose 288 career victories rank as the seventh highest total among left-handers in major league history and the most by any pitcher not selected for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.^ In 1974, Tommy John , a 31-year-old left-hander with the Los Angeles Dodgers, became the first professional athlete to successfully undergo the operation.
  • The Good Point - The gory details of Tommy John surgery 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.thegoodpoint.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery -- named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

^ Cleveland Indians 1963-64: Signed by the Tribe as an amateur free agent in 1961, John made his major league debut two years later.

[1] .He is also known for the revolutionary surgery, now named after him, which was performed on a damaged ligament in his pitching arm.^ Volquez had surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, to replace a torn ligament and repair other damage in his right elbow, which has sidelined him for the last two months.
  • Volquez joins Tommy John club - Sports - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.theolympian.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At loss about what to do, John underwent an experimental surgery pioneered by Dr. Frank Jobe in which a ligament from his right elbow was placed into his damaged left elbow.

^ The former Yankee lefty most known for the elbow surgery that bears his name is on hard times.
  • Ex-Yankee Tommy John dealing with latest curveball 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC feeds.nydailynews.com [Source type: News]
  • Ex-Yankee Tommy John dealing with latest curveball 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC personals.nydailynews.com [Source type: News]

[2]

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Playing career

.An outstanding basketball player at Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute, where he held the city single game scoring record, John was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians, making his major league debut in 1963.^ A player that reaches the majors, he's spent years in the minors improving, making his mechanics better, with his muscles getting stronger.
  • The Truth About Tommy John Surgery 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.chrisoleary.com [Source type: General]

^ The Minnesota Twins have acquired pitcher Carl Pavano from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ "Now the plan is to sign with a major-league team," Chapman said.
  • Fantasy Baseball | Seattle News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | KING5.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.king5.com [Source type: News]

.Of his 26-year major league career, he is best remembered for his seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s.^ For the frustrated Los Angeles Dodgers fan .
  • Dodger Blues - features - john in the john 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.dodgerblues.com [Source type: General]

^ It is called Tommy John surgery simply because Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the first professional athlete to successfully undergo the operation in 1974.
  • Four pitchers return from Tommy John Surgery - Official Site of Northeastern Athletics 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.njc.edu [Source type: News]

^ Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery -- named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

.He made appearances in the All-Star Game in 1968, 1978, 1979, and 1980.^ After winning a career-high 17 games in an All-Star season for Cincy in 2008, Volquez made just nine starts this season and produced a record of 4-2 with a 4.35 earned run average.
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WLWT Cincinnati 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wlwt.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - KERO Bakersfield 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.turnto23.com [Source type: General]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WGAL The Susquehanna Valley 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wgal.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WYFF Greenville 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wyff4.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WMUR Manchester 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wmur.com [Source type: News]

^ Former Mosley standout Cody Johnson went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in the California/Carolina All-Star Game on June 23.
  • Down on the Farm: Shields to have Tommy John elbow surgery - Sports - The News Herald 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.newsherald.com [Source type: General]

^ Riske made only one appearance this season, in the third game in San Francisco, allowing four hits and two runs in one inning.
  • Riske has "Tommy John" surgery - JSOnline 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

He played in all three Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series of his era (1977, 1978 and 1981), but was on the losing end of all three, having switched over to the Yankees by the time the Dodgers took the Series in 1981. John never played on a major league championship team.
.In the middle of the 1974 season, John was cruising along with a 13-3 record as the Dodgers were en route to their first National League pennant in eight years, before he permanently damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, leading to a revolutionary surgical operation.^ The ulnar collateral ligament is located in the elbow.
  • The Good Point - The gory details of Tommy John surgery 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.thegoodpoint.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We leave the ulnar nerve, and we leave the damaged ligament."

^ The Rays say Isringhausen has suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and will undergo Tommy John surgery at some point, at a date to be determined later.
  • Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Blog - The Heater 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC blogs.tampabay.com [Source type: General]

.This operation, now known as Tommy John surgery, replaced the ligament in the elbow of his pitching arm with a tendon from his right forearm.^ Riske has "Tommy John" surgery .
  • Riske has "Tommy John" surgery - JSOnline 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

^ Enough with the Tommy John surgery."
  • Tommy John? Schmommy John | Dodger Thoughts | Los Angeles Times 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Tommy John? Schmommy John | Dodger Thoughts | Los Angeles Times 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Background information on Tommy John surgery .

The surgery was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe on September 25, 1974, and although it seemed unlikely he would ever be able to pitch again, he spent the entire 1975 season in recovery and returned to the Dodgers in 1976. .His 10-10 record that year was considered "miraculous" but John went on to pitch until 1989, winning 164 games after his surgery—one fewer game than all-time great Sandy Koufax won in his entire career.^ John went on to pitch for 14 more years, collected 164 of his 288 career victories after the surgery and never missed a start.
  • Evolution of Tommy John surgery gives pitchers hope, second chance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.pittsburghlive.com [Source type: General]

^ The 31-year-old Westbrook, who has not pitched in the majors since May of 2008, underwent "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June of last year and has been on a gradual rehabilitation program ever since.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ After winning a career-high 17 games in an All-Star season for Cincy in 2008, Volquez made just nine starts this season and produced a record of 4-2 with a 4.35 earned run average.
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WLWT Cincinnati 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wlwt.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - KERO Bakersfield 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.turnto23.com [Source type: General]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WGAL The Susquehanna Valley 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wgal.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WYFF Greenville 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wyff4.com [Source type: News]
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - MLB News Story - WMUR Manchester 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wmur.com [Source type: News]

.After Phil Niekro's retirement, John spent 1988 and 1989 as the oldest player in the major leagues.^ Tommy John surgery—technically an ulnar collateral ligament replacement procedure—has saved the careers of hundreds of major league players.

^ Upwards of 75 current major-league pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery.
  • Evolution of Tommy John surgery gives pitchers hope, second chance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.pittsburghlive.com [Source type: General]

^ After his surgery in 1974, John spent 18 months rehabilitating his arm, returned for the 1976 season, and went on to pitch in the major leagues until age 46.

.In 1989, Tommy John matched Deacon McGuire’s record (since broken) for most seasons played in a Major League Baseball career with 26 seasons played.^ Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery -- named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

^ The 31-year-old Westbrook, who has not pitched in the majors since May of 2008, underwent "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June of last year and has been on a gradual rehabilitation program ever since.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ Anyway, this surgery gave John a second life, and after the surgery he actually won 164 games from 1976-1989, more games than he won during the first half of his career.
  • Major League Pitchers Should Fear Forearm Tightness and Tommy John Surgery | Fitness Articles, Workout Tips 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.healthandfitnessadvice.com [Source type: General]

.[3] Today, many pitchers have Tommy John surgery during their careers.^ Rockies' Buchholz has Tommy John surgery Rockies' Buchholz has Tommy John surgery .
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ Aside from pitchers, fielders may require Tommy John surgery.
  • The Good Point - The gory details of Tommy John surgery 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.thegoodpoint.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery .
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

.John decided it was time to retire in 1989, when Mark McGwire got two hits off him.^ If Tommy John got a nickel for every time he saw his name in print, he wouldn't be facing the hardships in front of him today.
  • Ex-Yankee Tommy John dealing with latest curveball 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC feeds.nydailynews.com [Source type: News]
  • Ex-Yankee Tommy John dealing with latest curveball 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC personals.nydailynews.com [Source type: News]

McGwire's father was John's dentist. .John said of his decision, "When your dentist's kid starts hitting you, it's time to retire!"^ Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]
  • Rays' Isringhausen undergoes Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: General]

^ The decision to proceed with surgery must be made jointly by you and your surgeon.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

^ Most of the time, with an injury prone motion, you've successfully pointed your future toward a relief role.
  • Professional Pitching Solutions - (856) 524-3248 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.pitchsolutions.com [Source type: General]

Career statistics

W L PCT ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H ER R HR BB SO WP HBP
288 231 .555 3.34 760 700 162 46 4 4710.3 4783 1749 2017 302 1259 2245 187 98

Post retirement

.John did commentary on select games during WPIX's final year of broadcasting Yankee baseball in 1998. He also guest hosted the Mike and Mike ESPN Radio program on June 26, 2008. It is unknown whether he will do any further work for the network.^ The 31-year-old Westbrook, who has not pitched in the majors since May of 2008, underwent "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June of last year and has been on a gradual rehabilitation program ever since.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ The 33-year-old right-hander appeared in just 26 games for the Yankees after signing a lucrative $40 million contract.
  • Yankees' Nady to have Tommy John surgery - Baseball Wires - MiamiHerald.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.miamiherald.com [Source type: News]

^ Posted by Beau Dure at 12:26 PM/ET, April 22, 2008 in Baseball .
  • Tommy John surgery rising - Prep Rally - USATODAY.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC blogs.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.On December 17, 2006, John was named manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League, an independent minor league in the Northeast.^ He began his professional career in 2006 in Atlanta's minor-league system.
  • Down on the Farm: Shields to have Tommy John elbow surgery - Sports - The News Herald 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.newsherald.com [Source type: General]

.He is currently the spokesman for Tommy John's Go-Flex, a joint cream for older athletes.^ But coming from someone who had Tommy John, it's a process you never want to see any one go through.

^ Upwards of 75 current major-league pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery.
  • Evolution of Tommy John surgery gives pitchers hope, second chance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.pittsburghlive.com [Source type: General]

^ Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - Sports News Story - WSB Atlanta Current conditions for local cities .
  • Volquez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery - Sports News Story - WSB Atlanta 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wsbtv.com [Source type: News]

.He is also currently doing a national radio tour to promote this product as well as talk about life as a minor league coach, his years in the Major Leagues and to educate younger pitchers on taking care of their arms.^ Riske is out for the remainder of the season, and it usually takes a full year at the least for a pitcher to return to action.
  • Riske has "Tommy John" surgery - JSOnline 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

^ For most of Hu's minor league career, his offense has been in question.
  • Tommy John? Schmommy John | Dodger Thoughts | Los Angeles Times 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Tommy John? Schmommy John | Dodger Thoughts | Los Angeles Times 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Minor league athletes and younger sports participants may also develop this injury requiring surgical care.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

[4]
.Tommy John resigned as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish on July 8, 2009, to pursue a "non-baseball position" with Sportable Scoreboards.^ Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery -- named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974.
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the Tour’s good guys, J.J. Henry, did a fundraising clinic for the new First Tee of Fairfield County at Fairchild Wheeler in Bridgeport the other day and there to watch and sign a few autographs was one of baseball’s good guys, the great left-handed thrower Tommy John, who now manages the local Bridgeport Bluefish.
  • J.J. Henry and Tommy John: Local Knowledge: Golf Digest Magazine 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.golfdigest.com [Source type: General]

^ The doctor turned the baseball world on its elbow thanks to the breakthrough surgical procedure he performed on former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John on Sept.
  • Evolution of Tommy John surgery gives pitchers hope, second chance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.pittsburghlive.com [Source type: General]

[5] In two-and-a-half years of managing, he compiled a 159-176 won-lost record with Bridgeport.

Hall of Fame

.John failed to get enough votes to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his last year (2009) of eligibility with only 31.7% of the vote.^ It may one day make the Hall of Fame case for its inventor, surgeon Frank Jobe (who was Hollywood enough to trademark the name "Tommy John procedure").

^ Jun 15, 2009 16:33 PM link rating: 2   philosofool (41607) What are the requirements for a non-player to be inducted into the hall of fame?

^ For the anniversary, Baseball Prospectus was lucky enough to gain an historic interview —the first recorded interview with both Dr. Jobe and Tommy John.

In 2010, John can be selected by the Veterans Committee.

Personal life

Tommy married the former Sally Simmons on July 13, 1970. They are parents of four children—Tamara, Tommy III, Travis, and Taylor. .In 1981, when Travis was two years old, he fell 37 feet from a third-floor window in his family's New Jersey vacation house, bounced off the fender of a car, swallowed his tongue, then lay in a coma for 17 days.^ Rivera then held up his right elbow, and showed me the scar, which will soon be 17 years old.
  • Mariano Rivera, Tommy John and an old question answered - NJ.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ Elena Dementieva stunned by 17-year-old Melanie Oudin at U.S. Open 2:33 p.m.
  • Mariano Rivera, Tommy John and an old question answered - NJ.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

He later made a full recovery.[6] On March 9, 2010, Taylor John, age 28, passed away as the result of a seizure and heart failure because of an overdose of prescription drugs.[7]
Preceded by
Davey Johnson
National League Player of the Month
April, 1974
Succeeded by
Ralph Garr
Preceded by
Randy Jones
NL Comeback Player of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Willie McCovey
Preceded by
Tony Perez
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1981
Succeeded by
Ron Cey

See also

Bibliography

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  • The Tommy John Story, F.H. Revell Company, 1978. ISBN 0-8007-0923-3. (With Sally John and Joe Musser, foreword by Tommy Lasorda.^ Yankees' Nady To Have Tommy John Surgery - Sports News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh Current conditions for local cities .
    • Yankees' Nady To Have Tommy John Surgery - Sports News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.wpxi.com [Source type: News]

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  • The Sally and Tommy John Story: Our Life in Baseball, Macmillan, 1983. ISBN 0-02-559260-2. (With Sally John.^ Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery -- named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974.
    • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) | eOrthopod.com 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC www.eorthopod.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tommy John - Stats, Bio - MLB Baseball - SI.com Get an NFL Performer Jacket FREE!   Subscribe to SI   Give the Gift of SI MLB Scores .

    ^ An example of what I'm talking about is if you look at the baseball draft, there are a high percentage of kids at 18 who have already had Tommy John procedures.
    • ESPN.com: MLB - Interview with Dr. Frank Jobe 19 September 2009 21:32 UTC static.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

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  • TJ: My Twenty-Six Years in Baseball, Bantam, 1991. ISBN 0-553-07184-X. (With Dan Valenti.)
  • The Official Site of Tommy John

References

  1. ^ "John gets second-to-last shot at Hall - Consistent southpaw makes 14th appearance on ballot". http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080103&content_id=5925&vkey=hof_news. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ Purcell DB, Matava MJ, Wright RW (2007). "Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction: a systematic review". Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 455: 72–7. doi:10.1097/BLO.0b013e31802eb447. PMID 17279038. 
  3. ^ Numbelivable!, p.157, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  4. ^ "Bridgeport Bluefish". http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Tommy John Steps Down as Bluefish Manager". July 8, 2009. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/news/index.html?article_id=366. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  6. ^ "John Family Recalls New York's Support". http://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/25/sports/john-family-recalls-new-york-s-support.html. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Taylor John, son of baseball great Tommy John". http://groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries/browse_thread/thread/0e6472e63f44a378. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 

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