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A native of Chicago, Yocum earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in 1969 and a doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1973. He served his surgery internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University. He served his fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in 1977.

“We kept him another year because he was so good,” Jobe said. “What impressed me about him was the same thing as now. He was just a good person, honest, and he had no personal agenda. He just wanted to take good care of his patients and do the right thing.”

Jobe credited Yocum with extending as many players’ careers as he did via Tommy John surgery, named for the Dodgers pitcher who was the first to undergo the procedure.

“His legacy will be doing the right thing at the right time, taking good care of his patients, and being a real good friend,” Jobe said. “He’s respected by everybody.”

Yocum was just the second doctor to be inducted as an honorary member of the Professional Baseball Trainers Society in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; son Donald; and daughter Laura.


AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in Baltimore contributed to this report.