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Dave Dravecky
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Birth Date:February 14, 1956
Astrology Sign:Aquarius
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Occupation:Baseball Player

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Dave Dravecky

Biography:Dave Dravecky (born February 14, 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio) is a Christian motivational speaker, author, and former Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres (1982-87) and San Francisco Giants (1987-89). He is well remembered for his battle against cancer, which ended his career as his team was reaching the World Series. He won the Hutch Award in 1989.

A left-handed pitcher, Dravecky represented the Padres at the All-Star game in 1983, his second season, in which he won 14 games. Equally proficient as a starter or coming out of the bullpen, Dravecky helped the Padres to their first pennant the following year.

In 1987, the Giants acquired Dravecky for their pennant drive. He went 7-5 during the stretch, and in the playoffs pitched a shutout in Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals and lost Game 6 by a score of 1-0. The Cards won in seven games.

The following season, a cancerous tumor was found in Dravecky's pitching arm. He underwent surgery on October 7, 1988, removing half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm and freezing the humerus bone in an effort to eliminate all of the cancerous cells. By July of 1989, he was pitching in the minors, and on August 10, he made a highly publicized return to the major leagues, pitching 8 innings and defeating Cincinnati 4-3. In his following start five days later against the Expos, Dravecky pitched three no-hit innings, but in the fifth inning, he felt a tingling sensation in his arm. In the sixth inning, he gave up a home run to the leadoff batter, hit the second batter, and in his first pitch to Tim Raines, his humerus bone snapped, ending his season.

The Giants won the National League pennant in 1989, and in the post-game celebration, Dravecky's arm was broken a second time. A doctor examining Dravecky's x-rays noticed a mass in his arm. Cancer had returned. Eighteen days later, Dravecky retired from baseball, aged 33, leaving a 64-57 record with 558 strikeouts and a 3.13 ERA in 1,062.2 innings.

After two more surgeries, his left arm continued to deteriorate, and on July 18, 1991, less than two years after his comeback with the Giants, Dravecky's left arm was amputated.

Dravecky wrote two books about his battles with cancer and his comeback attempt: Comeback, published in 1990, and When You Can't Come Back, published in 1992.

On May 6, 2006, Dravecky was awarded an honorary Doctorate at San Diego Christian College.

Chinese Horoscope for Dave Dravecky
Includes characteristics and Vices
Dave Dravecky's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 12, 1956 - January 30, 1957
Birthday: February 14, 1956

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Dave Dravecky's Personality Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune - Personality Card

Birthday: February 14, 1956

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.

Dave Dravecky's Character Tarot Card The Magician - Character Card

Birthday: February 14, 1956

Creative initiative, skill and opportunities for new ventures.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Dave Dravecky's Growth Tarot Card The Hermit

Birthday: February 14, 2018

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.




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