In 1974 surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe treated Los Angeles Dodgers’ southpaw Tommy John and changed the face of the game of baseball forever. Jobe performed an experimental surgery on John. He transplanted a tendon to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the pitcher’s elbow. John’s comeback, thought to never be possible, lasted a successful 14 years. Thus, on that day 40 years ago the then revolutionary and now commonly performed, “Tommy John Surgery” was born. Sadly, Dr. Jobe passed away on Thurday at the age of 88.
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