Dave Dravecky Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Jun 06, 2022
Dave Dravecky has a win-loss record of 65-57 and a total of 558 strikeouts in his seven-year MLB career!
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About Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky is best known as a Major Leagues baseball player who had to give up on his rapidly growing career due to cancer, not once but twice.

From a small-town baseball aficionado to playing for the big leagues, Dave Dravecky was on an upward trajectory when everything changed. In a game that left the audience shocked, described later as 'the one where the snap could be heard across the stadium,' his humerus bone in his pitching arm snapped mid-throw during his 1989 MLB comeback. 

Last check-ups revealed that his cancer had made a comeback in his left arm, and doctors would need to amputate it lest it spread further. He didn't let it deter him, however. With the staunch support of his family members, he worked through his problems until he could build another life for himself. 

Dave Dravecky's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Dave Dravecky's net worth?

There is no accurate data given regarding Dave Dravecky's net worth.

How much does Dave Dravecky earn per year?

There is no information available regarding his yearly earnings.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dave Dravecky?

Dave Dravecky is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is Dave Dravecky?

Dave Dravecky is 66 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Dave Dravecky was born to Frank and Donna Dravecky, a mechanic and homemaker, respectively, on 14 February 1956, in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. He was one among the five siblings. He went to Boardman High School to finish his degree at Youngstown State College. It was here in this school that he truly started shining as a baseball player. Prior to this, due to uncooperative weather, he would only be able to play recreationally during the summers.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Dave Dravecky's partner?

Dave Dravecky married his high school sweetheart Janice Roh in 1978 in their hometown in Ohio. They have two children, Jonathan and Tiffany Dravecky.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dave Dravecky is best known for his career as a baseball player with the San Diego Padres (1982-87) and the San Francisco Giants (1987-1989). In 1988, doctors found a cancerous tumor in his pitching arm, and he had to undergo surgery that left him essentially out of commission. After all, what is a baseball player without his arm? But he wanted to give it one last shot, so he didn't spend his life wondering 'what if' and went back on the field in 1989 in the minors, eventually working his way up to the major leagues, where he pitched eight innings. However, he could only hold on for a week before his arm suffered a clean break, and he had to undergo amputation from the shoulder onward. 

Dave Dravecky is also known for his writings and motivational speaking. He released 'Comeback' with Tim Stafford in 1990 and 'When You Can't Come Back' in 1992, coauthored with his wife. He also released a motivational Christian book 'Called Up' in 2004.

Charity Work

Dave Dravecky started 'Endurance with Jan and Dave Dravecky,' a Christian non-profit organization based in Colorado set up to help cancer patients/survivors, people dealing with other illnesses, amid grief, and more. They offer comfort, words of hope, and services like counseling, prayer circles, and support groups.

What awards has Dave Dravecky won?

Fittingly, In 1989 Dave Dravecky was awarded the Hutch Award, named after baseball player Fred Hutchinson, an MLB pitcher who lost his life to cancer. It is given to players of Major League Baseball who are thought to have exemplified the fighting spirit of the person it's named after. In the same year, he was awarded the Willie Mac Award, which the Giants Team votes on for the baseball player who showcases the leadership and spirit of the team best.

Dave Dravecky's Hobbies And Interests

Dave Dravecky has kept optimistic and strong despite the numerous struggles he's faced in life. He was a part of the far-right conservative political group John Birch Society, even having recruited other members for it. Along with fellow Padres Pitchers Eric Show and Mark Thurmond, he distributed Birch literature at a state fair.

He also uses his time as an ambassador for the Giants, talking about his journey and how others can overcome their own troubles.

He is also devoted to his family life, often talking about his children and his wife. He says that they were the rocks he needed to get out of his depression after losing his arm and career.

Other Interesting Dave Dravecky Facts And Trivia

  • Dave Dravecky broke his arm a second time in a post-game celebration after the Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs in the 1989 National League. 
  • Indie artist released a song called 'Dave Dravecky' in 2021. 
  • In the 1987 pennant playoffs, David Dravecky, in his first season with the Giants, was up against the St. Louis Cardinals, against whom he pitched a shutout which means he didn't let them score a single point. 

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Dave Dravecky Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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David Francis Dravecky

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Motivational Speaker, Writer, Former Baseball Player


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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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