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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Moe Drabowsky played for eight clubs over a seventeen-year career. He appeared in the 1966 World Series and the 1970 World Series.

He was born in Poland and as a young boy came to the United States. He signed with the Chicago Cubs for $75,000 in 1956 and made his big league debut that year.

In 1958, still with the Cubs, he gave up Stan Musial's 3,000th hit. In 1963, now with the Athletics, Drabowsky was the losing pitcher in Early Wynn's 300th career win.

Drabowsky's greatest moment came in the 1966 World Series. Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles, he struck out eleven batters in relief to win Game 1. The 11 strikeouts remains a World Series record for a relief pitcher, and included six consecutive whiffs, which tied a World Series record.

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In 1969, he joined the expansion Kansas City Royals and became their first pitcher to win a game.

Off the field, Drabowsky earned a reputation as a practical joker and clubhouse prankster.

After his playing career ended, he was a coach with the Chicago White Sox in 1986 and with the Chicago Cubs in 1994. He was a minor league pitching instructor for the White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles for over a decade, until a few weeks before his death, living in Sarasota, FL. He also served briefly as the interim manager of the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League in June 1991. As the team's pitching coach, he replaced manager Marv Foley on June 15th and his team lost all three games under his direction. He ceded the reins to base coach Doug Mansolino on June 17th, who ceded them in turn to Rick Renick on June 22nd. The Canadians finished last during that difficult season. He had another brief stint as an interim manager for the Bowie Baysox in 1996.

Drabowsky died of cancer in 2006 at age 70, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.

He is by far the most prominent major league player to come out of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

[edit] Notable Achievements

[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1991 Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League 0-3 -- Chicago White Sox replaced Marv Foley (24-39) on June 15 /
replaced by Doug Mansolino on June 17
1996 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 0-1 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced Bob Miscik (4-4) on April 15 /
replaced by Tim Blackwell on April 16

[edit] Further Reading

  • Moe Drabowsky (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, June 1975, pp. 68-71. [1]

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