Even though I could care less about the Mets, their losing Matt Harvey
to possible Tommy John surgery is truly unfortunate.
But, how fortunate it was for Tommy John
to have volunteered himself - in his prime - for that revolutionary procedure. He was 32 at the time and missed the entire 1975 season. But, he came back stronger than ever and pitched productively well into his 40's. I truly believe that he deserves a place in the HOF for this contribution - together with his 288 wins.
Previously, that injury was called "a dead arm" and it killed many great careers; Dizzy Dean and my Buccos' Vernon Law come immediately to my mind. And, I wonder how many other tragically short but brilliant careers - e.g., Koufax, Kiner, Rosen - could have been extended by modern medicine.
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/08/28 09:00:09