Baseball's medical revolutionary

Honored by Hall, Jobe's Tommy John surgery still prolonging pitchers' careers

Updated: July 29, 2013, 5:22 PM ET
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com

There are currently 366 pitchers among all players on active 40-man rosters in Major League Baseball. If it weren't for Dr. Frank Jobe, the number of pitchers on MLB rosters would be reduced by roughly 25 percent.

The orthopedic surgeon and former Los Angeles Dodgers team physician conceived of the revolutionary procedure, now known as Tommy John surgery, that restores function to a thrower's elbow after the failure of a critical ligament. Named after his first patient, the surgery ...

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