orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe died last week in California at the
age of 88. With what sport was his groundbreaking surgical procedure
A: Baseball. Dr.
Jobe pioneered the elbow ligament replacement surgery that became
known as Tommy John surgery, named after the Terre Haute native and
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher whose career was saved by the 1974
operation. John went on to pitch 14 years, compiling another 164
major league victories, after the surgery, which has now become
standard practice at all levels of sports.
Today in …
1958 – In the
first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Manhattan shocks
No. 1-ranked West Virginia with a 89-84 victory at Madison Square
Garden. The Mountaineers come into the contest with a 26-1 record,
while the unheralded Jaspers at 15-8. Led by sophomore guard Jerry
West, West Virginia trails 56-41, but scores the last eight points of
the first half to make it 56-49 at halftime. After the break, the
Mountaineers continue to rally, tying the score at 84-84 with four
minutes left. But West leaves after picking up his fifth personal
foul. West Virginia fails to register another score. Manhattan's
leading scorer is center Johnny Powers, who pulls down 15 rebounds in
addition to his 29 points. Jaspers go on to lose to Dartmouth, 79-62,
in the second round at Charlotte, N.C.
Cesar Geronimo, born 1948. Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, born 1945.