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July 29, 2013

Hall honors those who covered all the bases


John, who pitched for 13 years after Jobe reattached his UCL, compared the doctor to two legends of baseball.

"Marvin Miller, Jackie Robinson and Frank Jobe have done so much to change the game of baseball," John said.

Jobe credited John, though.

"We did a little surgery for him, but he did all the hard work," Jobe said. "He pitched 13 more years without missing a single start and won 164 more games. Now that’s sports medicine."

Tull, the president of Legendary Pictures, said producing a movie about Robinson was the highlight of his career.

"I have had the privilege to make films about Batman and Superman and all these superheroes," he said. "I'll tell you, the greatest superhero movie I will ever make is about Jackie Robinson."

Tull later asked Robinson's window, Rachel, 91, to stand for an ovation from the crowd and went on to say that she and her husband changed America as well as baseball. He also credited the Hall, Joe Morgan and Hank Aaron for helping him with accurate facts for the movie.

"The day I brought Hank Aaron to the set, even Harrison Ford was nervous," he said.

Binghamton native Tull said he cherishes coming back home and visiting Cooperstown.

"Life gets complicated," he said. "It is especially complicated in Los Angeles, where I live now. Cooperstown is never complicated. Every time I come here, it makes me breathe a little deeper and stand a little straighter. It is a privilege to come here every time."

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