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July 30, 2013

Tommy John’s surgery now part of Hall of Fame lore

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute’s Tommy John was indirectly honored in an article in The New York Times during the weekend when honors were presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

No modern players were inducted this year but individuals were honored, including Dr. Frank Jobe, who first performed arm surgery now known as Tommy John surgery on the left-hander, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1974.

Tommy took a 13-3 record into the game during which he seared his left elbow. Dr. Jobe suggested an unprecedented surgery with no guarantees of success. On Sept. 25, 1974, the doctor replaced the ruptured ulnar collateral ligament in TJ’s elbow with a tendon from his right forearm.

It was a success and John returned to the mound in 1976, finishing 10-10. In 1977, he was 20-7. He went to the New York Yankees in 1979 and spent time with the Angels and Athletics before returning to New York.

He finished his career with 288 wins.

John never received the needed 75 percent of the votes in his years on the Hall of Fame ballot and did not receive enough votes in a veterans committee meeting in 2010.

He still can be placed in the Hall by that committee and Times writer Dave Anderson — one of the most respected baseball writers in the country — says he should be inducted for what he did on the field and for his contributions to the sport by undergoing the surgery.

It would be nice.

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n Tom-Cattin’ It — Chad Collins had another good week on the web.com tour. He fired three rounds in the 60s and had a shot at winning, but had 70 in the final round of the tournament played in Boise, Idaho. He won $7,440 and now has earnings of $90,109 for the year to rank 35th on the tour money list.

n Paul George of the Indiana Pacers recently was featured in an article on the internet in which he said Larry Bird walked into practice, picked up a basketball and hit 15 shots in a row.

Sounds something like what he did all the time in practices while playing for Indiana State.

Someone said for LB to practice shooting is akin to fish practicing swimming.

n Salaries recently were listed for staff members at Indiana University. Tom Crean is the highest with the basketball coach having a base salary of $600,000.

Football coach Kevin Wilson makes $521,220 and athletic director Fred Glass gets $449,026.

In the recent football media gathering, IU was picked to be most surprising in the Big Ten going into the season.

n JaQuan Lyle, one of the top prep cage prospects in the country, will not play his senior year at Evansville Bosse. He says he will attend Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He recently committed to Louisville.

n Former Evansville Bosse assistant Todd DeWeese is the new football coach at Evansville Reitz.

n Sullivan player Nathan Pirtle tied for 14th in the boys 16-18 division of the Junior Series event after being tied for third. He shot 224 at Purdue.

n St. Louis and Pittsburgh began a big Major League Baseball series Monday night in Pittsburgh.

n ESPN carried the NASCAR race from Indy but will not have Cup races next year; the action goes to NBC and NBC Sports, which already does some of the IndyCar Series races.

n The 2015 PGA Senior Championship will be played at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick. This course recently was list 93rd on a listing of America’s Greatest Courses by Golf Digest.

n Teams have been announced for the Horseshoe Classic to be played Aug. 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis Cathedral will face Ben Davis in the first game and Terre Haute North takes on Castle in the second game. Action commences at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Big Ten football title game to be played in the facility on Dec. 7 are on sale.

n Former IU basketball player Derek Elston had signed to play with a team in Malta, an island south of Italy.

n Former Butler player Ronald Nored apparently has decided to join the staff of the Boston Celtics, now coached by former Butler coach Brad Stevens. Nored had coached at Brownsburg High School but had taken a job with former Butler aide Matthew Graves at South Alabama.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

 

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