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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Sports orthopaedic pioneer and Dodger physician Dr. Frank Jobe passes away

Dr. Frank Jobe, who has served the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization for the past 50 years and who was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine, died this morning in Santa Monica at the age of 88, his family announced.

Jobe is survived by his wife, Beverly, four sons-Christopher, Meredith, Cameron and Blair-their spouses and eight grandchildren.

“Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,” said Dodger 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.”

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in Baseball revolutionized sports medicine,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan “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.”

“Baseball lost a great man and Tommy John lost a great friend,” said former Dodger Tommy John. “There are a lot of pitchers in baseball who should celebrate his life and what he did for the game of baseball. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Beverly and the entire family. He’s going to be missed.”

Jobe, who began his association with the Dodgers in 1964, when he joined his mentor, the late Dr. Robert Kerlan, made medical history in 1974 when he performed what is now termed “Tommy John surgery.” Jobe took over the full-time care of the Dodgers in 1968 and was named a Special Advisor to the Chairman of the team seven years ago.

Thanks to FG.

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2014 at 10:33 PM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: March 06, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4667552)
It's arguable he changed baseball as much as any other individual.

RIP
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: March 06, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4667575)

Imagine if Tommy John could have given him a kidney and saved him.

   3. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 07, 2014 at 01:55 AM (#4667602)
At least we still have Dr. Tommy John around to perform his namesake surgery.
   4. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: March 07, 2014 at 07:20 AM (#4667620)
“Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,” said Dodger President Stan Kasten.


Is he? Should he be inducted as a builder, or something? (Maybe as a re-builder, amirite?)
   5. TRBMB Posted: March 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4667637)
Given the overwhelming effect Dr Frank Jobe had on extending player careers, no doubt he belongs as a member of the HOF. He would be 'placed' under the 'Executive' position, which is inclusive for anyone not a Player, Manager, or Umpire.

That said, no one should hold their breath. The Clark Foundation does nothing in any aggressive manner, i.e.. Marvin Miller should never be subject to a popularity voting contest.

But, just tune into the MLB Network. Greg Amsinger, who thinks anyone who has ever entered the village of Cooperstown is thus a Hall Of Famer, will already have him as a Member.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: March 07, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4667675)
"Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,” said Dodger President Stan Kasten.

Is he?
He was "honored" at the last induction ceremony...

along with the CEO of the studio that produced the movie 42. So no, not really.
   7. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: March 07, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4667689)
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in Baseball revolutionized sports medicine,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig.


"B"aseball?

Ugh. Capitalizing something to make it seem more important usually has the opposite effect.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4667691)
Is he? Should he be inducted as a builder, or something? (Maybe as a re-builder, amirite?)


Another excellent candidate for the much-needed, all-encompassing "contributor" category for the Hall of Fame.
   9. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4667724)
Ugh. Capitalizing something to make it seem more important usually has the opposite effect.

I for one think baseball deserves the respect of a proper noun.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4667725)
“Baseball lost a great man and Tommy John lost a great friend,” said former Dodger Tommy John.


Looks like Tommy's gone Rickey.
   11. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4667732)
I for one think baseball deserves the respect of a proper noun.


Like God and Realtor.

   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4667734)
We shouldn't take Baseball's name in vain.
   13. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4667756)
Another excellent candidate for the much-needed, all-encompassing "contributor" category for the Hall of Fame.


Agreed. He absolutely deserves to be recognized in some formal way.
   14. jmurph Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4667788)
Realtor.


Minor aside: some channel on regular rotation in my household (probably godforsaken HGTV, if I'm being honest) frequently airs a commercial for the National Association of Realtors, only the announcer pronounces it Real-tore, in a way that no human has ever said it. This bothers me immeasurably.

The SportsCenter announcer's way of pronouncing Coors ("brought to you by Kooooo-ers Light") also drives me crazy.

In short, I am bothered by very small, extremely unimportant things.

   15. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4667794)
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in Baseball revolutionized sports medicine,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan “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.


I can deal with Baseball being capitalized, but Clubs?
   16. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4667795)
Minor aside: some channel on regular rotation in my household (probably godforsaken HGTV, if I'm being honest) frequently airs a commercial for the National Association of Realtors, only the announcer pronounces it Real-tore, in a way that no human has ever said it. This bothers me immeasurably.


How do you say it?
   17. The District Attorney Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4667802)
Minor aside: some channel on regular rotation in my household (probably godforsaken HGTV, if I'm being honest) frequently airs a commercial for the National Association of Realtors, only the announcer pronounces it Real-tore, in a way that no human has ever said it.
This is because the Association has trademarked the term "Realtor", and you're not supposed to be able to trademark standard English words, thus, they pronounce it differently.
   18. jmurph Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:49 AM (#4667813)
How do you say it?


I try to never say it, but I think phonetically it would look closer to realter than real-tore (both the very strong TORE and the over-annunciation of the two syllables catch my attention in the commercial).
   19. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4667819)
The SportsCenter announcer's


I initially read that as SportsCentaur.

I need to go back home & lie down for awhile.
   20. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4667822)
Should orthodox fans spell it B*seb*ll?
   21. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4667823)

I try to never say it, but I think phonetically it would look closer to realter than real-tore (both the very strong TORE and the over-annunciation of the two syllables catch my attention in the commercial).


OK. Yeah, that's how I say it. But a lot of people say "realiter." And, to me, the insertion of a nonexistent syllable is a far more egregious offense than the simply awkward "realtore."

I initially read that as SportsCentaur.


Arod is a member of the National Association of Centaurs, and is a stickler for proper pronunciation and capitalization.

   22. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4667826)
How do you say it?


Like there's an invisible a between the l and the t.

Edit: I wrote that before seeing [21]. I need to refresh threads when I read through all comments before responding to one.
   23. oscarmadisox Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4667835)
So who else should be inducted at "Contributors," assuming they cannot be anyone officially affiliated with baseball. I'd

I'd nominate

Harry M. Stevens
Abbott and Costello (I know they already have a place in the hall, but not "official" enshrinement
Franklin Roosevelt (for giving baseball the green light to play through WWII)
Harry Coyle
Sy Berger
Frank Jobe
Whichever Spink was the original publisher of The Sporting News, although he probably has already been honored as a journalist.
Bob Davids (the founder of SABR)
Peter Seitz
The inventor of Wiffle ball (not sure his name, but the factory is in Shelton, Conn., about 20 minutes from my house)
Carl Stotz (I think, the founder of Little League)

I just did this quick, but that's 11 to start with, and I'm sure there are many more. Let's say you could vote for five. Who would they be?



   24. Steve Treder Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4667858)
Hal Richman!
   25. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4667860)
Sean Forman!!
   26. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4667863)
So who else should be inducted at "Contributors," assuming they cannot be anyone officially affiliated with baseball.


I don't think they must be unaffiliated with baseball, just that the current system for induction doesn't give them a realistic route to enshrinement.

Some other potential candidates.
Bill James
Sean Forman
Buck O'Neill
Lefty O'Doul
Max Patkin
Vin Scully (to distinguish him from your run-of-the-mill Frick Award winner)


A Hall committee selects one person every other year. Full enshrinement.
   27. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 01:50 PM (#4667898)

Ugh. Capitalizing something to make it seem more important usually has the opposite effect.

Right. Also, I realize this is an MLB.com link, but Bud Selig is not the commissioner of all baseball in the galaxy, just of MLB.
   28. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 07, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4667987)
Given the overwhelming effect Dr Frank Jobe had on extending player careers, no doubt he belongs as a member of the HOF.

No. The museum should probably do more to spotlight "baseball medicine" in general and Dr. Jobe in particular, but everything in the museum shouldn't be elected to the Hall. Posts #23 - 26 show what a slippery slope it could be.
   29. TRBMB Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:24 PM (#4668037)
[
No. The museum should probably do more to spotlight "baseball medicine" in general and Dr. Jobe in particular, but everything in the museum shouldn't be elected to the Hall. Posts #23 - 26 show what a slippery slope it could be.


Although it was my suggestion you referenced, I agree with your thinking, in fact it is The Museum itself that should receive greater attention, i.e. being recognized there should be promoted. Given the barriers some face in ever getting actual HOF induction, increased recognition within the Museum can be a solution. How that is done can be determined. (although I have little faith the Clarks will ever step up, they never do unless $$$$ are at stake)
   30. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4668042)
Posts #23 - 26 show what a slippery slope it could be.


A slippery slope to what?

   31. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4668043)
Max Patkin


Morganna!
   32. Steve Treder Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4668067)
A slippery slope to what?

Dogs and cats living together.
   33. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4668086)
I told my wife, who is not a sports fan, that Frank Jobe died yesterday. She is well-read, very educated, etc. She had no idea who he was.

Then, I said, you probably know him by what he "invented"..."Tommy John Surgery". She was like, "What the heck is that?"

I guess I thought "Tommy John Surgery" had become a pretty commonly-known thing outside of sports fandom. Am I wrong?
   34. The District Attorney Posted: March 07, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4668094)
I don't really think there is a slippery slope. Baseball pitching coaches are "in baseball", baseball medical personnel are "in baseball", baseball groundskeepers are "in baseball", baseball announcers are "in baseball", baseball writers are "in baseball", comedians who do a routine about baseball are not "in baseball", Presidents of the United States of America are not "in baseball."¹

It's a tough one to get going, though, because any such people would have to be elected by a Veterans' Committee, and if it's someone relatively recent, that means they'll be competing against post-1972 players. Even if you think Jobe should be in, do you think it's more important to elect him than it is Ted Simmons, Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich, Lou Whitaker...? Probably not. Most people think the HOF is primarily for players.

If there were someone who wasn't a player/manager/executive and was from the era prior to 1973, that'd be the better person to wedge the door open with, strategically. That pre-1947 committee is especially desperate to find anyone worth honoring who hasn't been elected yet. But it'd be weird for some highly energized movement to form around J.G. Taylor Spink or someone, as deserving as that old-timer might be.

¹ Although they did write a song about the SuperSonics.
   35. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 07, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4668108)
It's a tough one to get going, though, because any such people would have to be elected by a Veterans' Committee, and if it's someone relatively recent, that means they'll be competing against post-1972 players.


I don't think you could get it going with the existing Veteran's Committee. It would have to be a specific committee tasked with electing Contributors (which isn't breaking new ground, as the Hall has used the process before).

First enshrinee - Vin Scully (might as well catch him while he's still around). Two years later, usher in Buck or Lefty O'Doul. Then work from there. If and when you get to the point where you start to run out of worthwhile candidates, shelve or put more years in between elections.
   36. DavidFoss Posted: March 07, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4668111)
I guess I thought "Tommy John Surgery" had become a pretty commonly-known thing outside of sports fandom. Am I wrong?

How common is "ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction" among non-athletes? Something like arthroscopic knee surgery is fairly common, but how serious is this UCL injury for a regular person?
   37. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 07, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4668117)
Never saw him operate.
   38. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 07, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4668120)
I told my wife, who is not a sports fan, that Frank Jobe died yesterday. She is well-read, very educated, etc. She had no idea who he was. Then, I said, you probably know him by what he "invented"..."Tommy John Surgery". She was like, "What the heck is that?" I guess I thought "Tommy John Surgery" had become a pretty commonly-known thing outside of sports fandom. Am I wrong?

You'd be surprised at how much "important" information women tune out. Men do it, too, but usually in different [less important] categories.
   39. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 07, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4668128)
Whichever Spink was the original publisher of The Sporting News, although he probably has already been honored as a journalist.


That would be Alfred H., uncle of the aforementioned J.G. Taylor Spink, who was the first recipient of the award that bears his name. But I'm not sure why Al would be the Spink who deserved to be enshrined. TSN didn't really amount to much until after he turned it over to his brother Charles (father of J.G.). Hell, J.G. took over in 1914, and I'm not sure it was all that influential a magazine before that.

How common is "ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction" among non-athletes?


Pretty rare I would think. You can tear an ACL or a miniscus slipping on ice or falling down a flight of stairs. But complete UCL tears are almost exclusively an overhead throwing injury.
   40. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4668178)
I asked my wife (an MD) about UCL reconstruction. She said (and I've read about this) that they've had a couple parents parade their kids into her surgery center the past couple years in for UCL reconstruction, and the kids don't have an actual tear. Apparently, there's a small little trend in doing this.
   41. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4668217)
I can believe there is a trend in idiot parents thinking that if little Joey could just get himself a new UCL, he'll be throwing 96 by the time he graduates HS. But I sure hope there isn't much of a trend in actually performing surgery for which there is no demonstrable medical indication.
   42. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4668248)
I asked my wife (an MD) about UCL reconstruction. She said (and I've read about this) that they've had a couple parents parade their kids into her surgery center the past couple years in for UCL reconstruction, and the kids don't have an actual tear. Apparently, there's a small little trend in doing this.


That situation is something that has been mentioned around here before. My question though is are doctors really going through with this? Performing reconstructive surgery on something that has absolutely no need to be reconstructed seems somewhat unethical

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