During the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Dr. Frank Jobe will be recognized for his contributions to the game of baseball. Jobe pioneered what is now known as Tommy John Surgery, giving pitchers a chance to pitch again after a severe elbow injury.
“I didn’t (think that this surgery would have a long-lasting impact on Major League Baseball),” Jobe said. “I wanted to fix his elbow and he (pushed) me to do it, because we knew that he couldn’t pitch the way it was.”
Jobe performed the first surgery on Tommy John in 1974, knowing that it had not been done before. The result was that John continued on playing until 1989 after sitting out the 1975 season to rehabilitate his arm.
Andrew Kivette is the 2013 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development