Dating back to last year, renowned orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe, who passed away in early March, has received recognition for his contributions to sports medicine and on Monday will receive yet another honor in his name at Dodger Stadium.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers will dedicate their training room to Jobe and his sons will throw out the first pitch on Monday:
#Dodgers will dedicate their training room to the late Dr. Frank Jobe tonight. His sons will throw out the first pitch.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 21, 2014
Jobe was the pioneer of a surgery that has become commonplace for pitchers in MLB, as he conducted the first ever Tommy John surgery on former MLB pitcher Tommy John in 1974. The progressive surgery was deemed a success as John went on to pitch 14 more seasons, piling up 174 wins without missing a start due to an elbow issue. Jobe has performed the groundbreaking surgery countless times and his contributions to helping extend or revitalize the careers of other MLB pitchers can’t be understated. Jobe spent over 50 years with the Dodgers organization and in 2008 was named a special advisor to the Chariman. The late surgeon also partnered with Dr. Robert Kerlan to form the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in 1965.
During the Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown in 2013, Jobe was honored for his development of the arm surgery. This year, Jobe was awarded the Presidents Award at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters luncheon; it was one of many awards Jobe received in his illustrious career as a surgeon. In 2008, the Dodgers included Jobe as part of a pre-game ceremony, along with John and Orel Hershiser, two of the more prominent pitchers who underwent the ligament elbow surgery.
Though Jobe passed away in March, his legacy and importance continue to lives on.
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