Baseball reacts to the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe

03/07/2014 10:47 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Dr. Frank Jobe, who made medical history in 1974 when he performed the first "Tommy John" surgery, died on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.

Although he is one of the most revered names in the baseball community at large, Dr. Jobe's main baseball ties came with the Dodgers, whom he had worked for from 1964 up until his death. His biggest breakthrough came in 1974, when he decided to perform an experimental surgery on then-Dodgers pitcher Tommy John, transplanting a tendon to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in John's left elbow. The surgery was a supreme success - John went on to pitch for 14 more years and win 164 more games - and now bears John's name.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that Dr. Jobe's "wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our Clubs" and "his enthusiasm to mentor his peers made the National Pastime stronger."

Numerous members of the baseball family also took to Twitter to express their feeling on the loss of Jobe, with John himself releasing the following statement through the Dodgers:

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