Moe Drabowsky Stats

Moe Drabowsky was born on Sunday, July 21, 1935, in Ozanna, Poland. Drabowsky was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 7, 1956, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Moe Drabowsky baseball stats page.

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"One night he (Moe Drabowsky) ordered Chinese food from the bullpen. Just got on there and talked to the guy and ordered some egg rolls or something and had them delivered. Another time—and he got in trouble for this—he set off some M1 firecrackers. He crawled through the hedge over to the other bullpen to set off the firecrackers, and the front office saw him from the owner's box." - Former Pitcher Dick Hall in From 33rd Street to the Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles (John Eisenberg, McGraw Hill Publishing, 02/21/2002, Page 223)

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Moe Drabowsky Autograph on a 1961 Topps Baseball Card (#364 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Myron Walter Drabowsky
Nickname:
Moe or Moe Dro or The Snake Man
Born On:
07-21-1935  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Ozanna, Poland
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-10-2006 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Loomis Chaffee High School (Windsor, CT)
College:
Trinity College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
08-07-1956 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-19-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable / $75,000 Bonus Baby

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Moe Drabowsky Pitching Stats

1956 21 Cubs 9 7 2 2 4 .333 2.47 3 0 0 51.0 225 37 14 19 1 39 3 36 0 2 0 -
1957 22 Cubs 36 33 2 13 15 .464 3.53 12 2 0 239.2 1,010 214 94 103 22 94 6 170 5 10 1 -
1958 23 Cubs 22 20 1 9 11 .450 4.51 4 1 0 125.2 569 118 63 73 19 73 4 77 0 5 0 -
1959 24 Cubs 31 23 4 5 10 .333 4.13 3 1 0 141.2 631 138 65 78 21 75 4 70 7 3 0 -
1960 25 Cubs 32 7 12 3 1 .750 6.44 0 0 1 50.1 243 71 36 44 3 23 0 26 4 1 0 -
1961 26 Braves 16 0 7 0 2 .000 4.62 0 0 2 25.1 118 26 13 15 4 18 3 5 1 1 1 -
1962 27 Reds 23 10 4 2 6 .250 4.99 1 0 1 83.0 364 84 46 49 13 31 0 56 2 6 2 -
1962 27 Athletics 10 3 1 1 1 .500 5.14 0 0 0 28.0 125 29 16 20 8 10 0 19 1 1 0 -
1963 28 Athletics 26 22 1 7 13 .350 3.05 9 2 0 174.1 707 135 59 62 16 64 2 109 6 8 0 -
1964 29 Athletics 53 21 11 5 13 .278 5.29 1 0 1 168.1 739 176 99 103 24 72 5 119 9 8 0 -
1965 30 Athletics 14 5 0 1 5 .167 4.42 0 0 0 38.2 179 44 19 22 5 18 2 25 3 3 0 -
1966 31 Orioles 44 3 17 6 0 1.000 2.81 0 0 7 96.0 377 62 30 31 10 29 5 98 0 1 0 -
1967 32 Orioles 43 0 26 7 5 .583 1.60 0 0 12 95.1 372 66 17 21 7 25 3 96 2 2 0 -
1968 33 Orioles 45 0 26 4 4 .500 1.91 0 0 7 61.1 242 35 13 17 3 25 5 46 7 4 0 -
1969 34 Royals 52 0 37 11 9 .550 2.94 0 0 11 98.0 398 68 32 33 10 30 2 76 1 2 0 -
1970 35 Royals 24 0 14 1 2 .333 3.28 0 0 2 35.2 149 28 13 13 3 12 3 38 1 2 0 -
1970 35 Orioles 21 0 10 4 2 .667 3.78 0 0 1 33.1 146 30 14 17 7 15 3 21 0 1 0 -
1971 36 Cardinals 51 0 27 6 1 .857 3.43 0 0 8 60.1 256 45 23 23 2 33 8 49 1 2 1 -
1972 37 Cardinals 30 0 15 1 1 .500 2.60 0 0 2 27.2 128 29 8 13 4 14 4 22 2 1 0 -
1972 37 White Sox 7 0 3 0 0 .000 2.45 0 0 0 7.1 27 6 2 2 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 -
17 Years 589 154 220 88 105 .456 3.71 33 6 55 1,641.0 7,005 1,441 676 758 182 702 62 1,162 53 63 5 -

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Moe Drabowsky Hitting Stats

1956 21 Cubs 9 16 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
1957 22 Cubs 36 82 3 15 2 0 1 0 10 6 0 32 3 1 0 0 .183 .236 .244
1958 23 Cubs 22 45 3 7 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 11 3 0 0 0 .156 .156 .178
1959 24 Cubs 31 45 2 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 20 0 0 0 1 .111 .149 .133
1960 25 Cubs 33 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1961 26 Braves 16 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
1962 27 Reds 23 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 1 0 0 0 .000 .056 .000
1962 27 Athletics 10 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1963 28 Athletics 26 62 4 10 3 0 2 0 8 0 0 21 3 0 0 1 .161 .161 .306
1964 29 Athletics 54 43 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 23 1 0 0 1 .023 .045 .023
1965 30 Athletics 14 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
1966 31 Orioles 44 22 3 8 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 6 1 0 1 0 .364 .417 .455
1967 32 Orioles 43 20 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 .350 .381 .350
1968 33 Orioles 45 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286
1969 34 Royals 52 17 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 .235 .235 .294
1970 35 Royals 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
1970 35 Orioles 21 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1971 36 Cardinals 51 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1972 37 Cardinals 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1972 37 White Sox 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
17 Years 591 420 24 68 10 0 3 0 29 13 0 160 22 1 1 3 .162 .189 .207

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Moe Drabowsky Fielding Stats

1956 Cubs P 9 7 153 9 1.0 9 2 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1957 Cubs P 36 33 719 54 1.5 54 19 35 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.03
1958 Cubs P 22 20 377 29 1.3 28 12 16 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.01
1959 Cubs P 31 23 425 35 1.1 33 12 21 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .943 2.10
1960 Cubs P 32 7 151 7 0.2 7 1 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.25
1961 Braves P 16 0 76 9 0.6 8 1 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 2.84
1962 Reds P 23 10 249 16 0.7 14 5 9 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.52
1962 Athletics P 10 3 84 7 0.7 7 4 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1963 Athletics P 26 22 523 31 1.2 30 11 19 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .968 1.55
1964 Athletics P 53 21 505 38 0.7 37 11 26 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.98
1965 Athletics P 14 5 116 7 0.5 7 2 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.63
1966 Orioles P 44 3 288 13 0.3 13 1 12 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.22
1967 Orioles P 43 0 286 19 0.4 19 4 15 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.79
1968 Orioles P 45 0 184 12 0.3 10 2 8 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 1.47
1969 Royals P 52 0 294 25 0.5 25 6 19 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.30
1970 Royals P 24 0 107 6 0.3 6 2 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.51
1970 Orioles P 21 0 100 5 0.2 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
1971 Cardinals P 51 0 181 7 0.1 7 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.04
1972 Cardinals P 30 0 83 6 0.2 3 2 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 0.98
1972 White Sox P 7 0 22 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
P Totals 589 154 4,923 335 0.6 322 100 222 13 14 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.77
17 Years 589 154 4,923 335 0.6 322 100 222 13 14 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.77

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Moe Drabowsky Miscellaneous Stats

1956 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.3 0.0 0.92 6.35 6.88
1957 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 82.0 2.6 8.2 1.81 6.38 3.53
1958 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.1 15.0 1.05 5.51 5.23
1959 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 22.5 0.93 4.45 4.76
1960 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.13 4.65 4.11
1961 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 4.0 0.28 1.78 6.39
1962 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.2 0.0 1.81 6.07 3.36
1962 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 1.90 6.11 3.21
1963 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 31.0 3.0 7.8 1.70 5.63 3.30
1964 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 1.9 0.0 1.65 6.36 3.85
1965 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 0.0 1.39 5.82 4.19
1966 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 5.5 3.38 9.19 2.72
1967 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.7 20.0 3.84 9.06 2.36
1968 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 1.84 6.75 3.67
1969 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 0.0 2.53 6.98 2.76
1970 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 3.17 9.59 3.03
1970 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.7 0.0 1.40 5.67 4.05
1971 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.48 7.31 4.92
1972 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.57 7.16 4.55
1972 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.00 4.91 2.45
17 Years 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 140.0 2.6 14.5 1.66 6.37 3.85

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Moe Drabowsky Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1956 Chicago Cubs 26 Undetermined - -
1957 Chicago Cubs 26 Undetermined - -
1958 Chicago Cubs 26 Undetermined - -
1959 Chicago Cubs 39 Undetermined - -
1960 Chicago Cubs 39 Undetermined - -
1961 Milwaukee Braves 17 Undetermined - -
1962 Cincinnati Reds 34 Undetermined - -
1962 Kansas City Athletics 34 Undetermined - -
1963 Kansas City Athletics 25 Undetermined - -
1964 Kansas City Athletics 25 Undetermined - -
1965 Kansas City Athletics 25 Undetermined - -
1966 Baltimore Orioles 25 $12,500.00 - Stats
1967 Baltimore Orioles 25 $14,000.00 - -
1968 Baltimore Orioles 25 $29,000.00 - -
1969 Kansas City Royals 25 $36,000.00 - -
1970 Kansas City Royals 25 $45,000.00 - -
1970 Baltimore Orioles 25 "     " - Stats
1971 St. Louis Cardinals 28 Undetermined - -
1972 St. Louis Cardinals 28 Undetermined - -
1972 Chicago White Sox 44 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Moe Drabowsky is the answer to several great baseball trivia questions? Drabowsky gave up Stan Musial's career hit #3,0000 , Drabowsky was the losing pitcher to Early Wynn during his 300th career victory , and Drabowsky was the first Kansas City Royals pitcher to ever win a game ( April 8, 1969 )!

Did you know that Moe Drabowsky moved to the United States in 1938, when he was three years old, due to the occupation of Poland by Adolf Hitler? Three Major League players born in Poland had made it to the show by then ( Henry Peploski , Nap Kloza & Johnny Reder ), but when Drawbowky made his debut in 1956, he became the first pitcher. On June 10, 1999, the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame inducted Drawbosky into their Hall of Fame and and the induction day banquet had the following wonderful biography:

The "Machine" was a Fierce Competitor

When Myron Walter Drabowsky was informed of his election into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, he responded, "I'm grateful and very honored." The former major league star relief pitcher went on to explain his new autograph. "When Brooks Robinson

Drabowsky's path to baseball stardom began in Poland where he was born in Ozanna in 1935. Three years later he and his parents, Michael and Frances, along with sister Marianne, immigrated to the United States and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Adjusting to diverse surroundings and language limitations was trying. "Not being able to speak English until the first grade was a struggle," Moe admitted.

It wasn't long before young Moe became more comfortable and acclimated to the American lifestyle. He developed an affection for baseball and was a big Boston Red Sox fan. He still recalls the great Red Sox-Yankee battles. "My favorite player was Bobby Doerr , Boston's great second baseman. I idolized him and wanted to play second, but my prep school coach noticed that I had a pretty good arm and converted me to a pitcher."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound hard throwing right-hander was good enough to make the Trinity College baseball team in Hartford, and it wasn't long before he caught the eye of major league scouts.

Drabowsky explained that during his collegiate career sports writers misspelled his last name. "It actually ends with an ‘i' but somehow they spelled it with a ‘y' and we just went along with my new name."

The Chicago Cubs won the bidding war for Drabowsky, and he went right to the big leagues in l956. He won 13 games in his first full season for the Cubs and played in Wrigley Field for four and a half years. "I struggled for a few years after developing arm trouble," conceded Moe. "Then I made some delivery adjustments and became a pitcher instead of a thrower. I also became a student of the game, analyzing hitter's strengths and weaknesses, and this is how I survived."

And survive he did! Pitching 17 years in the major leagues (1956-72) is what Moe terms his "greatest achievement." The Polish-born hurler played for 16 different managers on seven teams – Cubs, Braves, Reds, Royals, Orioles, Cardinals and White Sox. Pitching mostly in relief, his lifetime record was 88-105. However, he racked up a ton of saves long before major league baseball began compiling this statistic.

Drabowsky's greatest years were 1966 and 1970 when he helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series championships. The Orioles' four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 fall classic featured one of the most brilliant relief pitching performances in World Series history. In the opening game, Baltimore was ahead, 4-1, in the bottom of the third inning. Starter Dave McNally loaded the bases on walks with only one out. Manager Hank Bauer summoned "The Machine" out of the Oriole bullpen. This was Moe's nickname because he required very little time to warm up. He retired the first batter, walked the second for LA's second run and then allowed only one hit in the last six and one-third innings. Along the way, Moe fanned 11 batters, including six in a row, both World Series records. It created a tremendous impact on the outcome as the Dodgers were held scoreless over the final 33 innings, and the Orioles easily won baseball's biggest crown.

"What a great performance by the Orioles and Drabowsky," recalled fellow NPASHF inductee Ron Perranoski who appeared in two of the games out of the LA bullpen. "Moe certainly set the stage with his great relief work."

Being the winning pitcher in the first game accomplished one of Drabowsky's goals. "I still kid McNally about walking the bases loaded to give me the opportunity to win a World Series game."

Always regarded as a fierce competitor, Drabowsky once hit four batters in just two and a third innings for the Cubs. "The Cincinnati Reds trounced us 22-2 the day before with Frank Robinson's two homeruns leading the way," Moe recalled. "I wasn't going to give Frank any fastballs and planned to pitch him tight. I hit him in the shoulder in the first inning and in the ribs in the third. I hit two other batters to set a major league record, but nobody charged the mound. That's the way it was back in the old days." Much to his chagrin that wasn't the toughest part of the day. "Normally when a pitcher is taken out, he goes to the clubhouse. However, in old Crosley Field you had to walk through the Reds dugout to get there. It was either that or sit on the bench for the next six innings. So I said ‘The heck with it' and went to the locker room. There was a little chirpin' going on, but not bad. I guess I gained some respect."

Drabowsky hurled two one-hitters in his career. Ironically, the first came against the same Cincinnati team in his next start at Wrigley.

Ted Kluszewski , who later was elected in the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame, got the Reds' only hit. "We put the shift on Big Klu because he was a pull hitter and he hit it through the infield right where the second baseman would normally be positioned," Drabowsky explained. He threw his other near-perfect game for the Kansas City Royals against the old Washington Senators.

Moe went to KC in the expansion draft after compiling a 7-5 mark in 1967. A year and a half later the Birds reacquired him. Baltimore went on to win another World Series title in 1970 and Moe's ERA in the two championship series was a phenomenal 0.90. He made 153 lifetime appearances for the Orioles and compiled a 21-11 won-lost record with a 2.34 ERA.

Formerly a pitching coach for the Cubs, Drabowsky is back with the Orioles as a minor league pitching coach. He and his wife Rita reside in Sarasota, Florida.

Moe Surrenders Stan's 3,000th Hit

The first and most recent inductees into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame were involved in one of baseball's historic plays back on May 13, 1958 , in Chicago's Wrigley Field.

"Actually, I call it the ‘Polish Triangle' because a third player of Polish descent was involved," pitcher Moe Drabowsky explains. "The Cubs were playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the last of a three-game series. The day before Stan Musial , who became the first NPASHF inductee in 1973, slapped out two hits and was only one shy of the coveted 3,000 mark. With Drabowsky scheduled to start, the Cards decided to keep Musial on the bench so he could get his 3,000th the next day before the home crowd in St. Louis.

"I probably should have been happy Stan the Man wasn't in the lineup. But I was disappointed. You always want to face the best. As long as the Cubs won the game, I did not care if he got the big hit," Moe said.

As fate would have it, with the Cardinals down by two runs in the sixth inning, Musial was called up to pinch hit with two runners aboard. He punched a double to leftfield off Moe for his 3,000th hit, giving St. Louis a 3-2 victory.

"We call that our Polish Play," said Moe. "Drabowsky pitched it, Musial hit it and Cub leftfielder Walt 'Moose' Moryn fielded it – hence the Polish Triangle."

National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. Russ Duzak. Induction Day Banquet Program. June 10, 1999.

The 1966 Baltimore Orioles swept ( World Series Sweeps History ) the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers during the 1966 World Series . Moe Drabowsky appeared in relief during Game 1 , struck out six in a row, eleven total, setting two Fall Classic relief pitching records that still stand to this day.

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