On This Day In Baseball History: April 4, 1989

"<strongSixteen years after undergoing the first ever ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction Tommy John ties a record by playing in his 26th and final season. John, of course, is more known for having the surgery named after him than for his playing career, which is a shame. John won 288 games with a career ERA of 3.34. More notable is his 164 wins and 2,544 2/3 innings he pitched after the pioneering procedure.


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