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.