Most Shared

Sports

Sports

 
text size

Dave Dravecky's Drive

Updated: Sunday, January 26 2014, 02:23 PM CST

In his book, former Major League pitcher Dave Dravecky wrote, "My left arm made me valuable. It's what gave me worth in the eyes of the world." Dravecky does not have a left arm anymore, but you can argue that he's never been more valuable.

Dravecky was the keynote speaker at Saturday's Concordia University baseball First Pitch Dinner.

"This is an opportunity to share my story and hopefully encourage the audience tonight to see the significance and the value of these young men - not just through the baseball program but as individuals," Dravecky said.

Dravecky pitched eight seasons in the major leagues from 1982 to 1989. However, he's most known for the battles he fought off the field. The deltoid muscle in his pitching arm was removed in 1988 after cancer was discovered. A year later, after being told he'd never pitch again, Dravecky was back on the mound for the Giants.

But later that season, Dravecky's arm split in two as he threw a pitch and he was forced to retire. However, even after the cancer returned and his left arm was amputated, Dravecky's "pitch" is still a positive one.

"When I retired, I had no regrets," Dravecky said. "I didn't feel like something was stripped away from me, even though my career was cut short. My dream came true the first day I put that uniform on."

"He never complained, he never backed down," recalled former major league pitcher Scott Linebrink. "He's a man of integrity, he's a man of faith. Just the way he's able to use his story and his platform to reach people is really inspiring."

"Baseball is not the most important thing in these [Concordia players] life," admitted Concordia head baseball coach Tommy Boggs. "There's a path for them to lead. I just want them to listen to him. There's so much they're going to learn from the experience."

Concordia opens its 2014 season February 7th at home against Southwestern.
Dave Dravecky's Drive


Advertise with us!

Scores & Schedules

August 01, 2015 07:59 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

MLB

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Friday's Games

Baltimore 8, Detroit 7

Toronto 7, Kansas City 6, 11 innings

Boston 7, Tampa Bay 5

Texas 6, San Francisco 3

Arizona 6, Houston 4, 10 innings

Seattle 6, Minnesota 1

N.Y. Yankees 13, Chicago White Sox 6

Cleveland 2, Oakland 1

L.A. Dodgers 5, L.A. Angels 3

Saturday's Games

Kansas City (Ventura 5-7) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-5), 1:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-2) at Boston (J.Kelly 2-6), 1:35 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Heaney 5-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 8-6), 4:05 p.m.

Detroit (An.Sanchez 10-8) at Baltimore (Gausman 1-2), 7:05 p.m.

Arizona (Hellickson 7-6) at Houston (Keuchel 12-5), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Undecided) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 5-8), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (Montgomery 4-4) at Minnesota (Gibson 8-8), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Heston 11-5) at Texas (Hamels 0-0), 8:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Co.Anderson 2-2) at Oakland (Brooks 0-0), 9:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday's Games

Philadelphia 9, Atlanta 3

Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 4

San Diego 8, Miami 3, 11 innings

N.Y. Mets 2, Washington 1, 12 innings

Texas 6, San Francisco 3

Arizona 6, Houston 4, 10 innings

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee 1

St. Louis 7, Colorado 0

L.A. Dodgers 5, L.A. Angels 3

Saturday's Games

L.A. Angels (Heaney 5-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 8-6), 4:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Wisler 5-1) at Philadelphia (Nola 1-1), 7:05 p.m.

Arizona (Hellickson 7-6) at Houston (Keuchel 12-5), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 4-5) at Milwaukee (Garza 5-11), 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (G.Cole 14-4) at Cincinnati (R.Iglesias 1-3), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (Despaigne 4-7) at Miami (Urena 1-4), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (J.Ross 2-3) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 10-6), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 6-4) at St. Louis (Lynn 8-5), 7:15 p.m.

San Francisco (Heston 11-5) at Texas (Hamels 0-0), 8:05 p.m.

WNBA

Friday's Games

Connecticut 67, Seattle 66

Washington 88, San Antonio 53

Minnesota 86, Atlanta 70

Los Angeles 88, Chicago 77

Saturday's Games

Minnesota at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday

No games scheduled

Saturday's Games

Montreal at New York City FC, 2 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Longhorn Football Scoreboard

Longhorn Football News

 

KEYE-TV Sports Team


Advertise with us!