Dave Dravecky Speaker Profile
Former Pitcher for the San Diego Padres
Dave Dravecky Biography
Dave Dravecky was born February 14, 1956, in Youngstown,Ohio, graduated from Boardman High School in 1974, United States and is aChristian motivational speaker, author, and former Major League Baseball playerfor the San Diego Padres (1982-87) and San Francisco Giants (1987-89). He iswell remembered for his battle against cancer, which ended his career as histeam was reaching the 1989 World Series. He won the Hutch Award in 1989.
The following season, a cancerous desmoid tumor was found in Dravecky'spitching arm. He underwent surgery on October 7, 1988, removing half of thedeltoid muscle in his pitching arm and freezing the humerus bone in an effortto eliminate all of the cancerous cells. By July 1989, he was pitching in theminors, and on August 10, he made a highly publicized return to the major leagues,pitching eight innings and defeating Cincinnati 4-3. In his following startfive days later against the Expos, Dravecky pitched three no-hit innings, butin the fifth inning, he felt a tingling sensation in his arm. In the sixthinning he started off shaky, allowing a home run to the lead off batter andthen hitting the second batter, Andres Galarraga. Then, on his first pitch toTim Raines, his humerus bone snapped, and Dravecky collapsed.
The Giants won the National League pennant in 1989 (defeatingthe Chicago Cubs in the NLCS in five games), and in the post-game celebration,Dravecky's arm was broken a second time when running out to the mound tocelebrate. A doctor examining Dravecky's x-rays noticed a mass in his arm.Dravecky's cancer had returned, ending his career. Eighteen days later,Dravecky retired from baseball, leaving a 64-57 record with 558 strikeouts anda 3.13 ERA in 1,062⅔ innings. He won the 1989 Willie Mac Award honoring hisspirit and leadership.
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Former San Francisco Giants Pitcher Dave Dravecky was the Guest Speaker at the St. Joseph School Fundraiser
Posted on 13 October 2013 | 5:38 pm
Former Major League pitcher and cancer survivor Dave Dravecky was the guest speaker at a fundraiser held at St. Joseph Christian School in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 10. His message included how he beat the odds to return to the major leagues after his initial cancer diagnosis, and how his faith allowed him to persevere through tough times after his cancer cost him his throwing...[Read More]
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