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Dave Dravecky

Former Professional Baseball Player; Cancer Survivor, Arm Amputee, & Author of "Comeback"

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 Dave Dravecky Biography

Dave Draveckys story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988 Dave was at the top of his game and life. Not only did he have a wonderful family but he was reaching his all-star peak playing the game of his childhood dreams. His 5-1 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. For baseball fans worldwide Dave Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989. Defying all odds, after battling cancer in his pitching arm, Dave came back to pitch once again in the Major Leagues. People were on their feet cheering and anticipating the game while he stretched and warmed up. He became an inspiration not only to cancer fighters, but to all who needed hope that day.

As Dave took the mound, no one could deny the miracle that was taking place. After being told by his doctors, Short of a miracle, youll never pitch again, Dave pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants. Sadly, Daves comeback was short-lived. Five days later, in Montreal, Dave threw the pitch that could be heard round the world. Daves arm had split in two. As he tumbled to the ground, his mind filled with doubt and fear. Little did he know that the dream he had since he was a little boy, was simply a platform for his purpose to share hope with the suffering around the world.

Daves triumphant defeat of the cancer and his return to the game of baseball is chronicled in his award winning book, Comeback, which has sold more than 650,000 copies. After Daves comeback and fall from the mound, with the weakened bone, the cancer returned yet again. The arm was not going to get better at this point so Dave decided to retire from his dream, the game of baseball, in November of 1989.

Slowly the treatment and cancer ate away Daves' arm and simultaneously his career. Radiation treatment after radiation treatment resulted in a staph infection that placed a hole in the middle of his arm exposing the bone. Finally, the arm along with Daves shoulder blade and left side of his collar bone had to be amputated for fear cancer would spread and take Daves life. In the book, When You Can't Comeback, written with his wife, Jan, Dave describes his loss:

Dave continues to examine the impact of the amputation on his life in his book, The Worth of a Man. With the absence of his arm, Dave seemed to be stripped of his identity. He began to ask questions many men ponder. Where does my worth come from? What creates my value and identity? Is there more to me than the game of baseball? Is there more to me than my left arm? After a long search, Dave discovered his true worth could never be shaken by adversity or loss. He realized nothing that he did based on worldly success could place value on his life or create his identity. In his book, Dave offers men a new definition of worth.

Because of the overwhelming response to their story and their desire to walk along side others who suffer, Dave and Jan founded Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Draveckys realized through their own experiences that one cannot battle cancer alone, so they have created this ministry to bring hope for those who hurt.

Dave is in great demand as a speaker with a story that reaches all age groups, his messages range from motivational to inspirational to evangelical. Dave Dravecky genuinely relates through his own experiences with loss and suffering, and he powerfully inspires through the encouragement he gathered from the faith and hope he discovered along his journey.

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Books
Called Up: Stories of Life and Faith from the Great Game of Baseball

Called Up: Stories of Life and Faith from the Great Game of Baseball

Do Not Lose Heart: Meditations of Encouragement and Comfort

Do Not Lose Heart: Meditations of Encouragement and Comfort

Worth of a Man, The

Worth of a Man, The

Dave Dravecky: He Had Made It to the Big Leagues, but Then the Doctor Gave Him the Bad News

Dave Dravecky: He Had Made It to the Big Leagues, but Then the Doctor Gave Him the Bad News

Comeback

Comeback

When You Can't Come Back

When You Can't Come Back

Speaking Topics
  • Realizing Your Dream

  • Surviving Cancer

  • Value of Relationship

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Authentic Living

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dave Dravecky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dave Dravecky for your next private or corporate function.
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Dave Dravecky

Former Professional Baseball Player; Cancer Survivor, Arm Amputee, & Author of "Comeback"

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Dave Dravecky Biography

Dave Draveckys story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988 Dave was at the top of his game and life. Not only did he have a wonderful family but he was reaching his all-star peak playing the game of his childhood dreams. His 5-1 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. For baseball fans worldwide Dave Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989. Defying all odds, after battling cancer in his pitching arm, Dave came back to pitch once again in the Major Leagues. People were on their feet cheering and anticipating the game while he stretched and warmed up. He became an inspiration not only to cancer fighters, but to all who needed hope that day.

As Dave took the mound, no one could deny the miracle that was taking place. After being told by his doctors, Short of a miracle, youll never pitch again, Dave pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants. Sadly, Daves comeback was short-lived. Five days later, in Montreal, Dave threw the pitch that could be heard round the world. Daves arm had split in two. As he tumbled to the ground, his mind filled with doubt and fear. Little did he know that the dream he had since he was a little boy, was simply a platform for his purpose to share hope with the suffering around the world.

Daves triumphant defeat of the cancer and his return to the game of baseball is chronicled in his award winning book, Comeback, which has sold more than 650,000 copies. After Daves comeback and fall from the mound, with the weakened bone, the cancer returned yet again. The arm was not going to get better at this point so Dave decided to retire from his dream, the game of baseball, in November of 1989.

Slowly the treatment and cancer ate away Daves' arm and simultaneously his career. Radiation treatment after radiation treatment resulted in a staph infection that placed a hole in the middle of his arm exposing the bone. Finally, the arm along with Daves shoulder blade and left side of his collar bone had to be amputated for fear cancer would spread and take Daves life. In the book, When You Can't Comeback, written with his wife, Jan, Dave describes his loss:

Dave continues to examine the impact of the amputation on his life in his book, The Worth of a Man. With the absence of his arm, Dave seemed to be stripped of his identity. He began to ask questions many men ponder. Where does my worth come from? What creates my value and identity? Is there more to me than the game of baseball? Is there more to me than my left arm? After a long search, Dave discovered his true worth could never be shaken by adversity or loss. He realized nothing that he did based on worldly success could place value on his life or create his identity. In his book, Dave offers men a new definition of worth.

Because of the overwhelming response to their story and their desire to walk along side others who suffer, Dave and Jan founded Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Draveckys realized through their own experiences that one cannot battle cancer alone, so they have created this ministry to bring hope for those who hurt.

Dave is in great demand as a speaker with a story that reaches all age groups, his messages range from motivational to inspirational to evangelical. Dave Dravecky genuinely relates through his own experiences with loss and suffering, and he powerfully inspires through the encouragement he gathered from the faith and hope he discovered along his journey.

Dave Dravecky Videos

  • Dave Dravecky - My Story

Dave Dravecky Books

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Dave Dravecky Speaking Topics

  • Realizing Your Dream

  • Surviving Cancer

  • Value of Relationship

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Authentic Living

FAQs on booking Dave Dravecky

  • How to book Dave Dravecky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dave Dravecky for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dave Dravecky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dave Dravecky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dave Dravecky?

    Booking fees for Dave Dravecky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dave Dravecky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dave Dravecky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dave Dravecky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dave Dravecky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dave Dravecky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dave Dravecky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dave Dravecky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dave Dravecky for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dave Dravecky generally travels from CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Morris, Story Musgrave, M.D., J.R. Martinez, Shannon Miller and Jim Abbott. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dave Dravecky for an upcoming event.

Dave Dravecky Speaker Videos

  • Dave Dravecky - My Story

Dave Dravecky Speaking Topics

  • Realizing Your Dream

  • Surviving Cancer

  • Value of Relationship

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Authentic Living

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