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 Moe Drabowsky

Moe Drabowsky

Birth
Podkarpackie, Poland
Death 10 Jun 2006 (aged 70)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 14590438 · View Source
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Professional Baseball Player. Born Myron Walter Drabowsky, he was signed to a professional contract by the Chicago Cubs on July 22, 1956 and made his major league debut on August 7 that same year. Early in his career he was primarily a starting pitcher but he would eventually become one of the best relief pitchers of his era. In 1957 at age 21 he started 33 games for the last place Cubs winning 13 games while losing 15. He recorded 170 strikeouts which was second best in the National League. He pitched briefly for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961 and Cincinnati Reds in 1962 and from 1962 to 1965 he won just 14 games as a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics. It wasn't until he was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles after the 1965 season that he achieved his greatest success when he was converted to a relief pitcher. With the 1966 Orioles he went 6-0 with 7 saves and a 2.81 ERA, but his most notable accomplishment that year came in the 1966 World Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. In game 1, he relieved starting pitcher Dave McNally in the 3rd inning and pitched the remaining 6 2/3 innings allowing just one hit while striking out 11 batters, a strikeout record which still stands for a relief pitcher in the World Series. Baltimore won the game 5-2 and Drabowsky was the winning pitcher. The Orioles would go on to defeat the Dodgers in 4 straight games. He continued as a member of the Orioles bullpen in 1967 and 1968 and accounted for 11 wins and 19 saves. He was drafted by the expansion Kansas City Royals on October 15, 1968 and was their primary relief pitcher in 1969 winning 11 games and recording 11 saves. However, on June 15, 1970 the Royals traded him back to the Baltimore Orioles and once again he played an important role helping the Orioles get back to the World Series where they defeated the Cincinnati Reds in 5 games. In 1971 he went 6-1 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and finished his career in 1972 as a member of the Chicago White Sox. In his 17 year career he won 88 games while losing 105. He had 55 saves and his lifetime ERA was 3.71

Bio by: Decal


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Decal
  • Added: 13 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14590438
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Moe Drabowsky (21 Jul 1935–10 Jun 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14590438, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.