Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jobe And A John

Tommy John and Frank Jobe

Dr. Frank obe had a nice interview in the Sunday Press Telegram, and if you can get past all the "qqq" typsetting errors, it's a nice interview reflecting on Jobe's illustrious, Dodger-filled career:

No matter how many athletes' lives he might have improved with his orthoscopic breakthroughs, Dr. Frank Jobe's legacy in the sports world will be defined by three words: Tommy John surgery.

Nearly 200 Major League Baseball players - not all of them pitchers - have had their careers extended by the ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery in their elbow, which Jobe decided to try with the 31-year-old John when he was a Dodgers left-handed pitcher in 1974 and on the verge of retirement.

John went on to pitch another 14 years and win 164 more games, more than the 124 he won in the previous 12 seasons.

Another Dodgers All-Star, Orel Hershiser, came up with an unstable right shoulder in 1990, also at age 31. He added 10-plus seasons after Jobe figured out a way to reconstruct the ligaments in the rotator cuff and joint.

In recognition of his contribution to the sport, the soon-to-be 87-year-old Jobe will be given the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at their annual "In The Spirit of the Game" banquet Saturday at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Congratulations, Dr. J.!

photo: Los Angeles Dodgers


Fred's Brim said...

On another note, he will not be receiving the Dave Winfield Seagull-itarian Award

Steve Sax said...

Gully, that's cold.

Dusty Baker said...

What does Dr. Jobe need that can of whipped cream back there for?

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Billy Martin, when interviewed after the Dave Winfield vs. seagull:

"They say he hit the gull on purpose? They wouldn't say that if they'd seen the throws he'd been making all year. It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man."