Tommy John selling autographed photos of famous MRI for charity

  • David Whitlock
Credit: Tommy John / Let's Do It Foundation

Credit: Tommy John / Let’s Do It Foundation

Baseball memorabilia comes in all shapes and sizes for fans wanting collectibles.  From Luis Gonzalez chewing gum to Ty Cobb’s false teeth to Alex Rodriguez used underwear.  This one might not be quite so personal, but is certainly noteworthy given the famous nature of what it started.  ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell reports that Tommy John is selling 99 copies of a montage of photos including X-Rays of his repaired ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), signed by both John and the late Dr. Frank Jobe who performed the famous surgery.  Dr. Jobe passed away last year, and just before, 100 prints had been autographed.  The 100th one not for sale is in the Dodgers training facility, recently named for Dr. Jobe.  John and Jobe were honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for their involvement in this sports medicine miracle.

The sales will support the Let’s Do It Foundation, a charity which supports both prevention of Tommy John surgery as well as the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  John unfortunately lost a son to suicide in 2009.  You can go to this link and buy now for $1,295 while supplies last.  John finished his career with 288 wins, more than half of those after the landmark surgery that occurred 40 years ago.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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