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Dr. Jobe Memorial


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i went to the Dr. Frank Jobe memorial at dodger stadium this afternoon. it was short (one hour) and to the point. 

 

Vin Scully welcomed everyone and then they went through a few of Jobe's colleagues, plus Tommy John, who walked up to the mic and said "Hi. I'm Tommy John. I'm the experiment." Lots of solid stories about what a solid man this guy was, as well as such a gifted surgeon. One of his colleagues said that Dr. Jobe never worked quickly, but he was always done a lot sooner than it should have taken. He commanded respect at every turn, but was always ready and willing to share his knowledge with others. More than 300 doctors were trained at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic. There's even some big time Japanese pitcher who had TJ surgery and would come back to the US every year about the same time to take Dr. Jobe out to dinner as a way of saying thank you for prolonging his career until the age of 40.

 

Dr. Jobe's son Meredith talked about his dad and the values he had, which were the values he raised his four boys with. i didn't know that frank joined the army and was at omaha beach a couple of days after d-day. he was assigned to the 101st airborne (the Band of Brothers group) and joined them as a medic in Bastogne at the battle of the bulge. he was also with them when they reached the eagle's nest, and was put in charge of Hitler's wine cellar.

 

it was closed off beautifully by Scully. if i had any kind of brain, i would have recorded his closing words. they were beautiful.

 

i saw ross porter, who looks really old. ann meyers drysdale sat a couple of rows in front of me.

 

i'm glad i went. 

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