Friday, March 07, 2014

RIP, Dr. Frank Jobe - Sports Medicine Pioneer Invented Tommy John Surgery

The man who has done more for pitchers over the last 40 years than anybody else passed away yesterday.  Dr. Frank Jobe, the inventor of Tommy John Surgery, died at the age of 88 in his Santa Monica home. 
"Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word," said Dodger President Stan Kasten. "His dedication and professionalism in not only helping the Dodgers, but athletes around the world is unparalleled.   He was a medical giant and pioneer and many athletes in the past and the future can always thank Frank for finding a way to continue their careers."
Former Dodger pitcher Orel Hershiser said this on twitter:

From Tommy John:
"Baseball lost a great man and Tommy John lost a great friend," said former Dodger Tommy John. "There are a lot of pitchers in baseball who should celebrate his life and what he did for the game of baseball. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Beverly and the entire family. He's going to be missed."
The Dodgers releases a press release about him last night.  You can read that here.

My deepest condolences to the Jobe family for their loss.

Pic at the very top of Dr. Frank Jobe, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.

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