Saturday, February 4, 2012, Tommy John was the key note speaker for the North Carolina Central University baseball first pitch dinner and auction. John told the audience he excelled academically in high school by thinking of his studies as a competition. John recalled that at the end of his freshman year in high school a guidance counselor told him he was in line to be valedictorian, but that he doubted he would make it because there were six girls ahead of him. From then on, John treated his academics as a competition.
John graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class and was offered college basketball and baseball scholarships. Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians, John made his major league debut in 1962, and played 26 years in the major leagues, including four All-Star Games as a pitcher.
High school prospects need to remember that while committing time to become the best they can
in their particular sport, they must also excel in the classroom. Use John as an example and get the highest grades
possible in each high school class. Then the goal of a college athletic
become a reality.