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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Noted sports orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum has died

According to the Los Angeles Angels, Dr, Lewis Yocum, one of the most notable sports medicine practitioners there was, has died.

An orthopedist who followed in the footsteps of Dr. Frank Jobe — the first man to perform Tommy John surgery — Jobe had been the Angels team doctor for many years. In addition, he has performed surgeries and consults for many other teams and players. After Jobe and Dr. James Andrews, Yocum was easily the most commonly-referenced and best known doctor in baseball circles, be it for the surgeries he performed, the second opinions he offered — he was many a fan’s last hope after dire news was reported following a visit to Andrews — or for, sometimes,


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:05 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, frank jobe, lewis yocum, surgery, tommy john surgery

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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4454025)
Ouch, he was only 66.
   2. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: May 28, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4454033)
Never saw him practice.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 28, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4454036)
Let's hope he led a good life and is not eternally inflamed.
   4. asinwreck Posted: May 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4454075)
Never thought Jobe would outlive his protege.

Quite a few pitchers owe Yocum millions.
   5. Khrushin it bro Posted: May 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4454087)
I feel bad for Dwight.
   6. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: May 28, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4454120)
What about Abner?
   7. booond Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4454152)
Went there for a shoulder injury - volleyball related, not baseball. It's not your average doctor's office, more like a five-star restaurant or hotel. Fixed my shoulder. RIP.
   8. Publius Publicola Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4454157)
Talk about 4 degrees of separation. I just tore my right ACL. I am about to schedule knee reconstruction and the guy who is going to do it trained under Andrews.
   9. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4454163)
I just tore my right ACL.

Like, just now? While posting? Your mom needs to improve her basement's safety standards, stat.
   10. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4454165)
I suppose all of the concerned parties knew this was coming. The Angels had a ceremony to name the team's training room for him on May 7.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:51 PM (#4454170)
I don't think even Greg Oden could tear his ACL by posting on the Internet. But don't quote me on that.
   12. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM (#4454233)
I don't think even Greg Oden could tear his ACL by posting on the Internet.

...but he could certainly do it while porning on the Internet.

   13. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM (#4454241)
One gets the sense that Greg Oden could tear his ACL by saying "ACL".

RIP, Dr. Yocum.
   14. AROM Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4454414)
He's been the Angels team physician since the day I started following the team (when they signed Reggie in 82). It has always been a point of pride that my team's physician is one of the top in his field, the guy that players on other teams will go to see when faced with serious injury. I don't know him, but I'll miss him. RIP, Dr. Yocum.
   15. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4454519)
I really liked Mark Mulder's tweet yesterday:

Dr Yocum was awesomely honest with me. "Son-- somebody has to make up the 15-20% who don't come back from shoulder surgery".

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