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Terre Haute to name field for pitcher Tommy John

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A sports field in former major league pitcher Tommy John’s western Indiana hometown is being named in his honor.

The spot picked by the Terre Haute parks department is where John played his final game for the old Gerstmeyer High School before starting his professional career.

John was born and raised in Terre Haute, then went on to post a 288-231 record over 26 major league seasons. He’s also known for the procedure known as Tommy John surgery that fixed his injured pitching elbow in 1974 and saved his career so it could continue until 1989.

City recreation director Bruce Rosselli told the Tribune-Star ( that the department is trying to line up a dedication event in October when the 70-year-old John can attend.