CHAPEL HILL, N.C — Tommy John of the New York Yankees, who has won 262 major league games with six clubs, was named pitching coach at the University of North Carolina Wednesday and will join the Tar Heels when the Yankees end their season.
The announcement was made by North Carolina Athletic Director John Swofford and baseball Coach Mike Roberts. A Yankee spokesman said the club knew nothing of the appointment.
John, 43, has a 3-1 record for the Yankees this season. He was placed on the 21-day disabled list July 12 with a strained Achilles' tendon suffered July 8.
In a career spanning 23 years, John has compiled a record of 262-208. The only active pitchers with more wins are 300-game winners Steve Carlton of the San Francisco Giants, Tom Seaver of the Boston Red Sox, Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians and Don Sutton of the Angels.