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Tommy John recalls Weaver tirade at Dunn Field

ELMIRA, N.Y -- Before Tommy John became a four-time major league All-Star and the namesake for the most famous surgery in baseball, he joined the ranks of thousands in working his way up the ladder through minor league baseball in the early 1960s.

That included parts of two seasons in the Eastern League with the Charleston Indians in 1962 and 1963, which brought him to Elmira's Dunn Field to take on the Elmira Pioneers. When Elmira baseball fans from that era think Eastern League, they also think of manager Earl Weaver, who guided Elmira from 1962 to 1965, a few years before he began a Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Orioles.

John, 73, returned to Elmira on Thursday night as special guest for the third annual Elmira Pioneers Hot Stove Dinner at the Holiday Inn-Riverview. He shared stories and enthusiastically met with fans before speaking at a dinner that followed. Former major leaguers Dwight Gooden and Jose Canseco were the speakers at the first two Hot Stove events.

Not surprisingly, John's clearest memory of Weaver at Dunn Field was an argument with the umpires that led to his ejection. Weaver earned his "Banty Rooster" nickname while in Elmira.

To read the entire article, courtesy of the Elmira Star-Gazette, click here.

Watch the Star-Gazette's interview with Tommy John on keeping young pitchers healthy by clicking here.



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