Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Trapper John's Claim to Fame Is as a Patient.(Final)

Byline: Randy Harrison Journal Staff Writer

Tommy John surgery is as much a part of medical vernacular as Lou Gehrig's disease. Only John lived to tell about it.

And boy, has he.

John threw 16 of his 26 major-league seasons after undergoing the then-revolutionary technique performed by Los Angeles doctor Frank Jobe. It rebuilt John's left pitching arm, which had a shredded medial collateral ligament, using a tendon from his right forearm.

That was in 1974. Now 60 years old, Tommy John is the Edmonton Trappers pitching coach. And he's still pitching.

In fact, there's a good chance he'll be throwing batting practice tonight for the visiting Trappers before they face the Albuquerque Isotopes. …

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