We did a Q-and-A (linked here) with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, creator of the Tommy John surgery, last January as he was about to be honored by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, where the topic of whether he’s worthy for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame came up.
“I’d be happy to accept it,” the 87-year-old said. “I’m not sure if I know what ‘worthy’ means. It’s been a wonderful 38 years (since the John surgery), and if (the Hall acknowledge) happened, that would be a beautiful thing. I’d be very proud and happy about it.”
What’s next, signing a petition or something?
Haideh V. Plock, who worked 13 years for the Kerlan Jobe group and is now with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, has generated such a thing at Change.org to see how much awareness it raises for the cause. Find it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/info-baseballhalloffame-org-induct-dr-frank-jobe-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame
== Change.org founder Ben Rattray explains, during an appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Monday, how his site could be the one, after five years of operation, to effect more social media change in the world than ever before:
== A 2010 column by USA Today’s Mike Lopresti on Jobe’s Hall qualifications (linked here), as well as a 2010 blog post by the L.A. Times’ Steve Dilbeck (linked here) as one here from 2007 by CNN’s Chris Isidore (linked here)
== Jobe is on the 2012 ballot for the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals for the 10th year (linked here)
== An endorsement from Ross Porter on his Real Sports Heroes website (linked here)
== Today, CNN’s Todd Sperry did an article about Tommy John/Dr. Jobe. (linked here).