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SpouseSally Simmons
MarkWore #25 throughout his career
FactWas released by the Yankess in mid-1989; wound up with 288 lifetime victories.

Thomas Edward “Tommy” John Jr. (born May 22, 1943), nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “TJ”, is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 26 seasons, from 1963 to 1989. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and California Angels. He is best known for the surgical procedure that bears his name, performed for the first time on him in 1974.

John was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. He graduated from Gerstmeyer High School in 1961. He then attended Indiana State University, where he played college baseball for the Sycamores. After two years at Indiana State, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1963 Major League Baseball draft.

John made his major league debut with the Indians in 1963. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1966. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972. After two seasons with the Dodgers, he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1974. He was traded to the California Angels in 1979. He retired from baseball in 1989.

John had a 288–231 win–loss record in his 26-year major league career. He had a 3.34 earned run average (ERA) and 1,436 strikeouts. He was a three-time All-Star. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.

John underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, now commonly known as “Tommy John surgery”, in 1974. The procedure, performed by Dr. Frank Jobe, replaced the ligament in John’s pitching elbow with a tendon from his right forearm. The surgery was successful, and John returned to pitching in 1976. He pitched until 1989, when he retired at age 46.

John has been married three times. His first marriage was to Sally McCarthy in 1967. They had three children together before divorcing in 1977. His second marriage was to Nancy Becker in 1978. They had two children together before divorcing in 1996. His third marriage was to Danielle O’Toole in 1997. They have one child together.

John currently resides in California with his wife and family. His net worth is estimated to be $15 million.

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ProfessionBaseball player
EducationIndiana State University


SpouseSally Simmons
ChildrenTamara John, Tommy John III, Travis John, Taylor John


AwardsLou Gehrig Memorial Award

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1Wore #25 throughout his career


1Broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins [1996]
2Is a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
3Named to 3 American League All Star Teams (1968, 1979 and 1980). Named to 1978 National League All Star Team.
4Member of 1974, 1977 and 1978 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers teams. Member of 1980 American League Eastern Division Champion New York Yankees team. Member of 1981 American League Champion New York Yankees team. Member of 1982 American League Western Division Champion California Angels team.
5Finished 2nd in voting for 1977 National League Cy Young Award. Finished 8th in 1978. Finished 2nd in voting for 1979 American League Cy Young Award. Finished 4th in voting in 1980.
6288 Wins (24th All Time), 760 Games (34th All Time), 4,710 1/3 innings pitched (18th All Time), 2,245 Strikeouts (45th All Time), 700 Games Started (6th All Time), 46 Shutouts (26th All Time), 19,692 Batters Faced (14th All Time).
7All four of his children's names start with a T: Tammy, Tommy III, Travis, and Taylor.
8Was released by the Yankess in mid-1989; wound up with 288 lifetime victories.
9Underwent successful ligament transplant surgery in 1974 to repair an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Out of baseball for two years, the operation added 15 years to John's career. Today the operation is known as "Tommy John surgery.".
10In 1989, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to start on Opening Day.
11Is of Welsh descent.
12Baseball pitcher for the American League's Cleveland Indians (1963-1964), Chicago White Sox (1965-1971), New York Yankees (1979-1982 & 1986-1989), California Angels (1982-1985), and Oakland A's (1985); and for the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers (1972-1974 & 1976-1978).



Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
New York Yankees (The Movie)1987DocumentaryHimself
1982 American League Championship Series1982TV SeriesHimself - California Angels Pitcher
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
1981 World Series1981TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Pitcher
1981 American League Championship Series1981TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Pitcher
The NewsCenter1981TV SeriesHimself
1980 American League Championship Series1980TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Pitcher
1980 MLB All-Star Game1980TV SpecialHimself - AL Pitcher
1978 National League Championship Series1978TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
1977 World Series1977TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
1977 National League Championship Series1977TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
1968 MLB All-Star Game1968TV SpecialHimself - AL Pitcher

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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