James J. Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer at Numerix, discusses lessons learned from Yankees great Tommy John at the Inaugural Waters Magazine Sell-Side Technology Awards. In baseball, groundbreaking surgery, and risk management, having the right team in place is key.
On a cool spring evening it was a night for New York winners. The Yankees beat the Devil Rays, the Knicks beat the Celtics, the Islanders made the playoffs and Numerix was recognized by the judging panel of CIOs, Consultants and the Waters Magazine’ senior staff for the “Best Sell-Side Credit Risk Product” and “Best Overall Sell-Side Product of the Year”. The connection this evening between financial technology and professional sports was the key note speech by legendary New York Yankee pitcher, Tommy John.
Tommy John’s Major League Baseball career spanned 26 seasons. The average baseball career is 5.6 years. The average football career (although hotly debated) is 3.2 years. So 26 seasons, is an incredible accomplishment. Moreover, he won 288 games and had over 2,245 strikeouts. But arguably, Tommy is more famously know for the revolutionary surgery that was named after him to repair a potentially career ending tear to a ligament in his pitching arm.
During his talk he recounted the event and his discussions with Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the surgery. His story of course led to the pinnacle decision and famous statement by Tommy regarding his decision to move forward with the procedure where he proclaimed to Dr. Jobe - ”let’s do it”.