Former San Francisco Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky currently serves as a community ambassador for the team. In his role, Dave represents the organization at a number of community and sponsor events in San Francisco and the Bay Area. He also attends Giants Spring Training Camp in Scottsdale, AZ, and enjoys representing the organization all over Northern California at various speaking engagements and alumni appearances.
Dravecky was an All-Star with the San Diego Padres in 1983, and was traded to the Giants in 1987. Winner of the 1989 Willie Mac Award, Dravecky’s story is both touching and inspiring.
After discovering a cancerous tumor in his pitching arm in October of 1988, Dave battled back and returned to the majors in August of 1989. After winning his first start, his humerus bone snapped just five days later while throwing a pitch in the 6th inning.
The doctors discovered another mass in his left arm, and Dravecky was forced to retire from baseball. After two more surgeries in the next two years, Dravecky’s left arm and shoulder were amputated.
Dravecky is currently a motivational and inspirational speaker, author, and proud grandfather.
He and his wife, Jan, recently moved to Arizona to be closer to their family as well as the spring training home of the Giants.