Keynote Speaker Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky

Former Professional Baseball Player, Motivational Speaker, and Author

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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David Dravecky is an American former professional baseball player, a motivational speaker, and an author. He played Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres (1982–87) and San Francisco Giants (1987–89).

In 1988, Dave was at the top of his game peak of his career. His opening day victory over the Dodgers was overshadowed later that fall by the discovery of cancer and the removal of half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm. After battling cancer in his pitching arm, he came back a year later to defy the odds and pitch once again in the Major Leagues. Despite being told by doctors, “Short of a miracle, you’ll never pitch again,” he pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants that day.

His comeback was short-lived. Five days later, he threw “…the pitch that could be heard round the world.” His humerus bone had split in two – ending his season.

Cancer ended his career as his team was reaching the 1989 World Series. He won the Hutch Award in 1989.

Dravecky wrote two books about his battles with cancer and his comeback attempt: Comeback, published in 1990 and written with Tim Stafford, and When You Can’t Come Back, coauthored with wife Jan and Ken Gire and published in 1992. He has also written a Christian motivational book, “Called Up”, published in 2004 by Zondervan. With the help of Stafford, Dravecky saw Comeback republished as a self-titled autobiography for children in 1992.

Testimonials 5

  • “Dave’s message and delivery is guaranteed to hit the heart of anyone who has the honor of hearing him speak. Guaranteed to have tears, laughter and thought provoking experiences.  Incredible.”

    Mike Soldati

    First Priority Financial

  • “Everyone in the Dravecky organization was a pleasure to work with and very professional. Dave took the time to speak with us before the engagement to learn about our event and organization, asking many questions about the goals of our conference, and he incorporated this information into his speech. It was a class act from start to finish.”

    Christina Hernan

    Vice President, Corporate HR, Global Wellness & Risk Management The Cooper Companies, Inc.

  • “Dave Dravecky is a winner.  His story on the baseball field is amazing. His story off the baseball field is epic.  Our society uses the term hero much too loosely. Dave is a hero in every sense of the word.”

    Scott Kruse

    Founder of "18 fore Life Foundation"

  • “Dave was absolutely amazing! His story was so inspirational and touching and he was truly the easiest person to work with that we’ve ever had at this university. Throughout the entire set-up, performance, and end he was incredibly gracious, humble, and sincere and was even more than we could’ve asked for. It was a pleasure working with you guys.”

    Erica Bickel

    University of Nevada, Reno

  • “Dave Dravecky didn’t just show up to our event in Dexter, Missouri. He became a part of our event by inspiring, motivating, and affecting individual spirits with a raw perspective on battling and beating cancer.”

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