Wednesday, March 21, 2012

[323] Tommy John Hurls His Best Pitches on 'MTSU On The Record'

FOR RELEASE: March 15, 2012
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081; WMOT-FM, 615-898-2800

Former Major Leaguer, Pioneering Surgery Patient Discusses Baseball, Medicine

MURFREESBORO-- Former Major League pitcher Tommy John will be Gina Logue’s guest on the next edition of “MTSU on the Record” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, and 8 a.m. Sunday, March 25, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

John, who saved his career and revolutionized his sport by undergoing a groundbreaking operation on his pitching arm, will be the luncheon speaker at MTSU’s 2012 Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference Friday, March 30.

In a three-hour operation in September 1974, Dodgers team surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe replaced the ligament in John’s left elbow with one taken from a tendon in the pitcher’s right wrist. The surgery had been performed previously on wrists and hands, but never on an elbow.

John posted 288 wins, 164 of them post-surgery, in a 26-season career with six different franchises, placing him seventh all-time among Major League southpaws. However, he is best known for what is now called “Tommy John surgery,” a procedure that has extended literally hundreds of athletes’ careers.

To listen to previous programs, go to and click on “listen” under “Audio Clips.” For more information about “MTSU on the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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