FORT MYERS, Fla. — Baseball lost a true pioneer on Thursday with the death of Dr. Frank Jobe. It was Jobe who performed unlar collateral ligament reconstructive elbow surgery on Tommy John on September 25, 1974.
Now "Tommy John surgery" is commonplace in baseball and has saved the careers of hundreds of players. The list includes Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Jobe also served as a medical staff sergeant in the Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He later became the long-time team physician of the Dodgers but helped players from all teams.
Jobe belongs in the Hall of Fame for his contributions to baseball.
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