Four-time MLB All-Star pitcher known best for his remarkable recovery through elbow surgery that became known as Tommy John surgery.
He was a standout basketball player at Gerstmeyer High School in Indiana.
He won 288 games and struck out 2,245 batters during his career.
He married Sally John in 1970, with whom he had four children: Tamara, Tommy III, Travis and Taylor.
His 26-year playing record was broken by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.