Tommy John, a four-time All-Star perhaps better known for the famous ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery named after him, will be selling a collage of photos of his elbow MRI from 1974 that were taken two years ago. Proceeds will benefit the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Federation for Suicide Prevention via John's "Let's Do It" foundation.
The prints will be autographed by himself and Dr. Frank Jobe, who performed the surgery, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. John's agent, Kim Berger, said it's a mystery as to why no one ever took pictures of "Patient Zero" and likened the moment during which the photos appeared to "looking at the Titanic."
"Nobody had ever thought of taking pictures of what the nerve looked like on 'Patient Zero,'" said his agent, Kim Berger. "When the images came up, it was like looking at the Titanic. It happened so long ago and it was so beautiful."
The images of the MRI were taken when John, who won NL Comeback Player of the Year in 1976 following the surgery, went to a medical facility in Indianapolis two years ago to check out an issue with his shoulder.
There will be 99 collages sold, each for $1,295, according to Rovell.