INDIO, Ca.–Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John, 77, is in the hospital with coronavirus.
John first tested positive for the coronavirus December 13, 2020. According to a report by the Daily Beast, John has been in and out of the hospital several times since first testing positive and is now on oxygen.
John is in a hospital near his home outside of Palm Springs.
John is from Terre Haute and went to Gerstmeyer High School where he played multiple sports. At the age of 18, he signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1961. He went on to play for 6 teams in Major League Baseball over a span of 26 seasons (Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, California Angels, and Oakland Athletics).
John’s 288 wins are the most by any pitcher not already in the Baseball Hall of Fame, except for Roger Clemens.
A surgery called “Tommy John surgery” has since become a common procedure among baseball pitchers. On Sept. 25, 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe replaced the damaged ligament in John’s left pitching elbow with a healthy tendon from his right forearm. John sat out the entire 1975 season and part of the 1976 season.
After he recovered from surgery, John won 164 more games before retiring in 1989 at the age of 46.