This is only the second year of the baseball Hall of Fame awards ceremony, but this year's group of honorees have impacted the game for half a century. On Saturday afternoon, the hall honored sportswriter Paul Hagen, broadcaster Tom Cheek (posthumously), Dr. Frank Jobe, and movie producer Thomas Tell in a moving ceremony at Double Day field in Cooperstown. Nolan Silbernagel and myself, as part of our special edition of One on One from the Hall of Fame, had the pleasure of talking to two of these recipients.
Hagen has been a sportswriter for nearly 40 years, covering the Dodgers, Rangers, and then the Phillies for 25 years before moving to his current role as national writer for MLB.com. He covers the office of commissioner Budy Selig, and we sat down with him prior to the ceremony to talk about his career and contributions to the game. Hagen also talked to us about PEDs and what the commissioner is doing to change the game for the better.
We also spoke on the phone to Dr. Frank Jobe, who was joined for the interview by his former patient Tommy John. Jobe operated on John back in 1974 and developed wath became known as Tommy John surgery, forever changing the fate of pitchers who had injured elbows. Jobe and John took us back to the mid-seventies when the two first met and decided to go through with the surgery. It began a budding friendship that still exists today.
So take a listen to these men who positively changed the game from off the field.
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