Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dr. Frank Jobe, who performed the first
successful elbow ligament transplant surgery in 1974, died Thursday. He was 88
The Los Angeles Dodgers said Jobe died Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif.
Jobe was part of the Dodgers medical staff from 1968 through 2008 and his 1974
experimental procedure for pitcher Tommy John now bears the left-hander's
John was able to pitch another 14 years in the majors after the surgery that
took a transplanted tendon from his forearm to replace the damaged ligament of
the pitcher's elbow. It's now commonly known as Tommy John surgery and is
"Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word," said Dodgers
president Stan Kasten. "His dedication and professionalism in not only helping
the Dodgers, but athletes around the world is unparalleled. He was a medical
giant and pioneer and many athletes in the past and the future can always
thank Frank for finding a way to continue their careers."
Jobe began his association with the Dodgers in 1964 and took over as the
team's physician four years later. After his retirement in 1988, Jobe was
named a special advisor to the chairman.
In addition to the elbow ligament surgery, Jobe also developed a shoulder
reconstruction procedure that helped save the career of Orel Hershiser.
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great
gentleman whose work in baseball revolutionized sports medicine," said
commissioner Bud Selig. "Since 1974, his groundbreaking Tommy John surgery has
revitalized countless careers, especially those of our pitchers. His wisdom
elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-
century, but all of our clubs.
"Dr. Jobe's expertise, as well as his enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the
National Pastime stronger. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my
deepest condolences to Dr. Jobe's family, friends, Dodger colleagues and the
many admirers of his pioneering spirit throughout our game."
Jobe was honored by the Hall of Fame in 2013 for his surgical developments.
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