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Dr. Frank Jobe passes away at age 88

There is sad news in Major League Baseball tonight. Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who invented the operation we now know was Tommy John surgery, has passed away at age 88.

Jobe spent more than 50 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He is known, of course, for the UCL operation that he performed to save the career of pitcher Tommy John. Major League Baseball as we know it today would not exist without Jobe. To date 595 pitchers have had Tommy John surgery.

Commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in Baseball revolutionized sports medicine. Since 1974, his groundbreaking Tommy John surgery has revitalized countless careers, especially those of our pitchers. His wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our Clubs.

Dr. Jobe’s expertise, as well as his enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the National Pastime stronger. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Dr. Jobe’s family, friends, Dodger colleagues and the many admirers of his pioneering spirit throughout our game.”

Baseball is better thanks to Dr. Jobe. Our thoughts go out to his family, and here’s hoping this man gets inducted into the Hall of Fame where he belongs.

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