Tommy John Birthday (May 22nd)

Tommy John Birthday (May 22nd)


Tommy John is a high-ranked baseball player best known for his indomitable spirit and victory over physical limitations.

Background Information of Tommy John:

  • Tommy John was born on May 22, 1943 in Terre Haute, Indiana. His birth name is Thomas Edward John Jr.
  • He is fondly known as “TJ” or “Tommy”. Tommy John attended the Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute.
  • In 1970, he walked down the aisle with Sally Simmons. He lives with his wife and four children.

Career of Tommy John:

  • Tommy was an exceptionally good base-ball player while still in school.
  • At 20, He made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians on 6 September, 1963.
  • After initial hiccups, he switched to the Chicago White Sox and played for them till 1972.
  • He made his mark has a left-handed pitcher during his initial years.
  • His career suffered a setback when the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm got severely damaged.
  • Dr. Frank Jobe performed a complex but successful surgery which came to be known as the “Tommy John Surgery”.
  • After a long period of recovery, he was back on the field in 1976.
  • He scored most of his wins after the surgery much to everyone’s surprise.
  • His determination and ability to overcome of his physical deficit makes him an inspirational figure for sportsmen.
  • Since the invention of this revolutionary surgery, many players have benefited from it.
  • In 1989, He decided to retire. He also managed the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League since 2006.

Teams and Organizations of Tommy John:

Throughout his sporting career, Tommy John has played with the following teams and organizations:

  • Cleveland Indians (1963-1964)
  • Chicago White Sox (1965-1971)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (1972-1978)
  • New York Yankees (1979-1982, 1986-1989)
  • California Angels (1982-1985)
  • Oakland A’s (1985)

Tommy John Player Profile:

  • Height 6’3”
  • Weight 185
  • Batting Hand Right
  • Throwing Hand Left
  • Win-Loss 288-231
  • ERA 3.34
  • Strike-outs 2245
  • Position Pitcher
  • MLB seasons 26

Awards and Honors for of Tommy John:

In his career, Tommy John was nominated for the following titles and awards:

  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1981)
  • National League Player of the Month (April, 1974)
  • NL Comeback Player of the Year (1976)

Here is a list of professional achievements, awards and honors that have been bestowed upon him:

  • 1976- Received Hutch Award for displaying exceptional courage and dedication to the sport.
  • 1981- Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
  • 1968, 1978, 1979 and 1980- selected to play in Major League All-Star games.
  • 1977 and 1979- Runner-up for the coveted Cy Young Award.