September 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants are honoring Dave
Dravecky on the 20th anniversary of his comeback from cancer.
Dravecky will throw out the first pitch before Monday night's Giants game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dravecky pitched eight innings to beat Cincinnati in his comeback game on Aug. 10, 1989, 10 months after have surgery to remove a malignant growth from his pitching arm.
Five days later at Montreal, Dravecky's surgery-weakened upper left arm snapped as he threw a pitch, and he fell to the mound in pain. Two months later, it broke again during a celebration after the Giants' playoff-clinching game against the Chicago Cubs.
Dravecky never pitched again and his left arm was amputated in 1991. He says he has no regrets about making the comeback.