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Old 08-29-2006, 09:17 AM   #526
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RP Moe Drabowsky

Myron Walter Drabowsky




Bats Right, Throws Right
Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.

Born July 21, 1935 in Ozanna, Poland
Died June 10, 2006 in Little Rock, AR

Debut August 7, 1956
Final Game September 19, 1972
  • Moe began his career as a starter and achieved his most success as a reliever, but he's best remembered as a practical joker.

  • The highlight of Drabowsky's 17-year career came in Game 1 of the 1966 World Series. He set a record for relievers by striking out 11 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, starting the underdog Orioles toward a sweep.

  • Drabowsky was lights out in the post season throughout his career. He won the World Series with Baltimore in 1970, too. He only allowed three hits and three walks in ten innings during his post season career. He struck out 12 and finished 1-0, with a microscopic 0.90 ERA.

  • He batted .364, .350 and .286 from 1966-68.

  • He won the first game in Kansas City Royals history and mused they must be pretty bad if he was their Opening Day pitcher.

  • His highlight as a practical joker was giving a hotfoot to then Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in the 1970 World Series clubhouse celebration. That may or may not have bought him a ticket out of Baltimore for good.

  • His other gags included putting sneezing powder in the opposing teams air conditioner, and calling their bullpens to get pitchers warming up early in scoreless ballgames.

  • He also had a fondness for snakes. They found their way into lockers and shaving kits and anywhere that might make people scream. Moe wouldn't settle for the rubber novelty kind, he would stop by pet stores and bring live garter snakes and boas into the lockerroom for his stunts.

  • He returned to Poland in 1987 as a baseball ambassador, helping the Poles form their first team for Olympic competition.

Unfortunately Moe left us just a couple months ago after a long battle with cancer. RIP Moe, you were one of a kind.



Code:
Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 1956 20 CHC NL   2   4   9   7   3   0   2  0   51.0   37   19   14   1   39   36   2   0   225   3   0  2.47  3.77  153 1.490
 1957 21 CHC NL  13  15  36  33  12   2   2  0  239.7  214  103   94  22   94  170  10   5  1010   6   1  3.53  3.88  110 1.285
 1958 22 CHC NL   9  11  22  20   4   1   1  0  125.7  118   73   63  19   73   77   5   0   569   4   0  4.51  3.91   87 1.520
 1959 23 CHC NL   5  10  31  23   3   1   4  0  141.7  138   78   65  21   75   70   3   7   631   4   0  4.13  3.95   96 1.504
 1960 24 CHC NL   3   1  32   7   0   0  12  1   50.3   71   44   36   3   23   26   1   4   243   0   0  6.44  3.76   58 1.868
 1961 25 MLN NL   0   2  16   0   0   0   7  2   25.3   26   15   13   4   18    5   1   1   118   3   1  4.62  3.75   81 1.737
 1962 26 TOT      3   7  33  13   1   0   5  1  111.0  113   69   62  21   41   75   7   3   489   0   2  5.03  4.06   81 1.387
         CIN NL   2   6  23  10   1   0   4  1   83.0   84   49   46  13   31   56   6   2   364   0   2  4.99  4.02   81 1.386
         KCA AL   1   1  10   3   0   0   1  0   28.0   29   20   16   8   10   19   1   1   125   0   0  5.14  4.17   81 1.393
 1963 27 KCA AL   7  13  26  22   9   2   1  0  174.3  135   62   59  16   64  109   8   6   707   2   0  3.05  3.85  126 1.141
 1964 28 KCA AL   5  13  53  21   1   0  11  1  168.3  176  103   99  24   72  119   8   9   739   5   0  5.29  3.81   72 1.473
 1965 29 KCA AL   1   5  14   5   0   0   0  0   38.7   44   22   19   5   18   25   3   3   179   2   0  4.42  3.49   79 1.603
 1966 30 BAL AL   6   0  44   3   0   0  17  7   96.0   62   31   30  10   29   98   1   0   377   5   0  2.81  3.33  118 0.948
 1967 31 BAL AL   7   5  43   0   0   0  26 12   95.3   66   21   17   7   25   96   2   2   372   3   0  1.60  3.17  197 0.955
 1968 32 BAL AL   4   4  45   0   0   0  26  7   61.3   35   17   13   3   25   46   4   7   242   5   0  1.91  2.92  153 0.978
 1969 33 KCR AL  11   9  52   0   0   0  37 11   98.0   68   33   32  10   30   76   2   1   398   2   0  2.94  3.70  126 1.000
 1970 34 TOT AL   5   4  45   0   0   0  24  3   69.0   58   30   27  10   27   59   3   1   295   6   0  3.52  3.70  105 1.232
         KCR AL   1   2  24   0   0   0  14  2   35.7   28   13   13   3   12   38   2   1   149   3   0  3.28  3.76  114 1.121
         BAL AL   4   2  21   0   0   0  10  1   33.3   30   17   14   7   15   21   1   0   146   3   0  3.78  3.64   96 1.350
 1971 35 STL NL   6   1  51   0   0   0  27  8   60.3   45   23   23   2   33   49   2   1   256   8   1  3.43  3.61  105 1.293
 1972 36 TOT      1   1  37   0   0   0  18  2   35.0   35   15   10   4   16   26   1   3   155   4   0  2.57  3.36  131 1.457
         STL NL   1   1  30   0   0   0  15  2   27.7   29   13    8   4   14   22   1   2   128   4   0  2.60  3.42  132 1.554
         CHW AL   0   0   7   0   0   0   3  0    7.3    6    2    2   0    2    4   0   1    27   0   0  2.45  3.13  128 1.091
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 17 Yr WL% .456  88 105 589 154  33   6 220 55 1641.0 1441  758  676 182  702 1162  63  53  7005  62   5  3.71  3.72  100 1.306
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+

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