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Dave Dravecky's Drive

Updated: Sunday, January 26 2014, 02:23 PM CST

In his book, former Major League pitcher Dave Dravecky wrote, "My left arm made me valuable. It's what gave me worth in the eyes of the world." Dravecky does not have a left arm anymore, but you can argue that he's never been more valuable.

Dravecky was the keynote speaker at Saturday's Concordia University baseball First Pitch Dinner.

"This is an opportunity to share my story and hopefully encourage the audience tonight to see the significance and the value of these young men - not just through the baseball program but as individuals," Dravecky said.

Dravecky pitched eight seasons in the major leagues from 1982 to 1989. However, he's most known for the battles he fought off the field. The deltoid muscle in his pitching arm was removed in 1988 after cancer was discovered. A year later, after being told he'd never pitch again, Dravecky was back on the mound for the Giants.

But later that season, Dravecky's arm split in two as he threw a pitch and he was forced to retire. However, even after the cancer returned and his left arm was amputated, Dravecky's "pitch" is still a positive one.

"When I retired, I had no regrets," Dravecky said. "I didn't feel like something was stripped away from me, even though my career was cut short. My dream came true the first day I put that uniform on."

"He never complained, he never backed down," recalled former major league pitcher Scott Linebrink. "He's a man of integrity, he's a man of faith. Just the way he's able to use his story and his platform to reach people is really inspiring."

"Baseball is not the most important thing in these [Concordia players] life," admitted Concordia head baseball coach Tommy Boggs. "There's a path for them to lead. I just want them to listen to him. There's so much they're going to learn from the experience."

Concordia opens its 2014 season February 7th at home against Southwestern.
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Scores & Schedules

April 15, 2014 07:11 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Games

Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 1

Seattle 7, Texas 1

Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 2

Tuesday's Games

Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 1-1) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 0-1), 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland (McAllister 1-0) at Detroit (A.Sanchez 0-0), 7:08 p.m.

Seattle (Beavan 0-0) at Texas (R.Ross 0-0), 8:05 p.m.

Boston (Peavy 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Er.Johnson 0-1), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Ventura 0-0) at Houston (Harrell 0-2), 8:10 p.m.

Toronto (Morrow 1-1) at Minnesota (Hughes 0-0), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Straily 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Richards 2-0), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Games

Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 6

Washington 9, Miami 2

Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 7, tie, 6 innings, susp., rain

St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 0

N.Y. Mets 7, Arizona 3

San Diego 5, Colorado 4

Tuesday's Games

Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 7, tie, 6 innings, comp. of susp. game, 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta (Hale 0-0) at Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 2-1), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Cole 2-0) at Cincinnati (Leake 1-1), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Strasburg 1-1) at Miami (Koehler 1-1), 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis (S.Miller 0-2) at Milwaukee (Estrada 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Mejia 1-0) at Arizona (Arroyo 1-0), 9:40 p.m.

Colorado (Nicasio 1-0) at San Diego (Erlin 1-0), 10:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-0) at San Francisco (Lincecum 0-1), 10:15 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

Washington 114, Miami 93

Philadelphia 113, Boston 108

Toronto 110, Milwaukee 100

Charlotte 95, Atlanta 93

Chicago 108, Orlando 95

Houston 104, San Antonio 98

New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 89

L.A. Lakers 119, Utah 104

Memphis 97, Phoenix 91

Golden State 130, Minnesota 120

Tuesday's Games

New York at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Wednesday, April 16

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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