David Francis Dravecky (born February 14, 1956 in Youngstown, Ohio, United States) is a Christian motivational speaker, author, and former Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres (1982-87) and San Francisco Giants (1987-89). He is well remembered for his battle against cancer, which ended his career as his team was reaching the World Series. He won the Hutch Award in 1989.
In , the Giants acquired Dravecky for their pennant drive. He went 7-5 during the stretch, and in the playoffs pitched a shutout in Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals and lost Game 6 by a score of 1-0. The Cards won in seven games.
To see a pitcher break his arm with a loud cracking sound while doing something as ordinary as throwing a pitch, then fall to the ground rolling in agonizing pain, was shocking, unusual, and upsetting, especially for those who had followed his touching story. The pitch was replayed on television repeatedly over the following days.
The Giants won the National League pennant in 1989 (defeating the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS in five games), and in the post-game celebration, Dravecky's arm was broken a second time by Kevin Mitchell and Kelly Downs. A doctor examining Dravecky's x-rays noticed a mass in his arm. Cancer had returned. Eighteen days later, Dravecky retired from baseball, leaving a 64-57 record with 558 strikeouts and a 3.13 ERA in 1,062.2 innings. He won the 1989 Willie Mac Award honoring his spirit and leadership.
Dravecky wrote two books about his battles with cancer and his comeback attempt: Comeback, published in 1990, and When You Can't Come Back, published in 1992. He has also written a Christian motivational book titles "Called Up" which was published in 2004 by Zondervan. With the help of Tim Stafford Dave Dravecky also wrote a self-titled autobiography for children.