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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

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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