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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
In 1989, San Fransisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky tumbled to the ground and was on the mound with a single thought in mind -- God had a bigger plan for him than baseball.
A year before, doctors had discovered cancer in his arm and half of his deltoid muscle was removed. After his comeback, a pitch delivered in Montreal split his arm in two. In 1989, his pitching arm, along with his shoulder blade, was amputated.
Although Dravecky's Major League career was finished, the end was just the beginning. For the past 22 years, he has been traveling around the world, inspiring and sharing his story of encouragement and hope.
Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Dravecky talked about his new passion in life -- being a motivational speaker.
"The theme I have embraced over the years as a result of going through the difficulties, is realizing that my work isn't in what I do, it's in who I am," he said by phone.
Dravecky went on to talk about how powerful a sport is in a person's life, and how it helps develop character.
Whether it's baseball or softball or any sport, Dravecky said athletes get the opportunity to understand life in a broader sense through their involvement.
"Character revolves around who you are, not what you do. And yet it's what you do that helps that character to be shaped," Dravecky said.
The former Giants pitcher will be the guest speaker at the Taft College Triple Play Dinner and Auction on Jan. 11 at the Historic Fort, 915 North 10th St, Suite 2.
"It's a privilege and honor and I'm humbled to be a part of what's going on in Taft," Dravecky said.
Starting at 5 p.m., dinner will catered by Salty's BBQ & Catering. There will be prizes auctioned off such as Giants club level tickets, golf lessons and memorabilia from the Giants and 49ers.
Admission is $40 per person. To purchase a ticket, call 763-7829.