Baseball great Tommy John to speak at Stearn Center dinner

“I told Dr. (Frank) Jobe that if he did his job, I’d do mine,” recalled former major league baseball pitcher Tommy John, the first athlete to have his torn ulnar collateral ligament repaired in a now-common surgery – Tommy John Surgery – that colloquially would be named after him.

“His job was to repair the ligament and mine was to rehabilitate it enough to pitch.”

John went on to pitch for more than a decade in a 26-year career with six Major League Baseball teams, including the season with the New York Yankees in which Thurman Munson lost his life in a plane crash. He will recall that surgery along with a host of other baseball memories, when he speaks July 9 at the 2022 Thurman Munson Catcher’s Scholarship Award Dinner sponsored by J. Babe Stearn Community Center, formerly the Canton Police Boys Club.

This year’s dinner, at which Faith Kiko of North Canton Hoover High School and Landon Waller of Canton McKinley High School will receive $1,000 Thurman Munson Catchers Scholarship awards, will be combined with the enshrinement of three individuals into the Stearn Center Hall of Fame.

“It’s going to be a great program,” said Steve Fettman, event chairman, who noted that the number of Hall of Fame inductees has been cut back to accommodate the pairing with the scholarship dinner.

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