“Tommy John: Wins and Surgeries”

In a Major League career that lasted from 1963 to 1989, Tommy John won 288 games and lost 241. The number of pitchers who have had “Tommy John Surgery” at least once since the mid-70’s probably equals — or exceeds — his career win total. Yes, careers have been saved. But when it comes to throwing a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches, over and over again, the sheer number of surgeries illustrates the frailty of the human arm.

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