Tommy John pitched in the Major Leagues for 26 years and won 288 games, seventh all-time, among lefthanders.
John was a four-time All-Star and three-time 20 game winner.
He pitched on four pennant winning teams (1974, 1977 and 1978 Dodgers; 1981 Yankees) and on two occasions Tommy John was the runner-up for the Cy Young Award.
Tommy John originally signed with the Cleveland Indians and pitched in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, the California Angels, the Oakland Athletics and a second stint with the Yankees.
Tommy tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and was the first to undergo surgery replacing the ligament with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.
The surgery now has been perfected and bears his name.
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