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Lip Man 1
06-12-2006, 10:56 PM
Moe pitched for the Sox for a time in 72 and was regarded as one of the all time greatest practical jokers in baseball history.

Example: While with the Orioles in Anaheim he picked up the bullpen phone and some how called Hong Kong......to order a Chinese dinner....to go.

Drabowski, then with the A's, may have served up the longest home run in MLB history when the Sox Dave Nicholson got him on May 4, 1964.

Big Nick hammered a ball that was found in Armour Square 135 feet from the base of the left field wall at Comiskey Park. Nick's shot cleared the roof around the 375 foot mark. It took a drive of at least 175 feet to get it over the roof.

Moe was also a Sox coach for a time.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-060611drabowsky,1,4594760.story?coll=cs-whitesox-headlines

Lip

JohnBasedowYoda
06-12-2006, 11:02 PM
RIP

We need more practical jokers by the way.

TornLabrum
06-12-2006, 11:02 PM
Moe pitched for the Sox for a time in 72 and was regarded as one of the all time greatest practical jokers in baseball history.

Example: While with the Orioles in Anaheim he picked up the bullpen phone and some how called Hong Kong......to order a Chinese dinner....to go.

Drabowski, then with the A's, may have served up the longest home run in MLB history when the Sox Dave Nicholson got him on May 4, 1964.

Big Nick hammered a ball that was found in Armour Square 135 feet from the base of the left field wall at Comiskey Park. It took a drive of at least 175 to get it over the roof.

Moe was also a Sox coach for a time.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-060611drabowsky,1,4594760.story?coll=cs-whitesox-headlines

Lip

Sad news. Moe was one of the few players to play for both the Cubs (for whom he came up as a starter) and the Sox.

Dick Allen
06-12-2006, 11:38 PM
Wasn't he originally from Highland Park?

slavko
06-13-2006, 12:17 AM
Wasn't he originally from Highland Park?

From Ozanna, Poland. Mike Royko used to call him the greatest player ever to come out of Ozanna.

Wsoxmike59
06-13-2006, 07:22 AM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/media/photo/2004-08/14053685.jpg

Showing that he hadn't lost his touch, prankster Moe Drabowsky puts shaving cream on the head of the Oriole Bird mascot before the start of an Orioles old-timers' game in 1998. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Aug 7, 1998

Lip Man 1
06-13-2006, 01:10 PM
Drabowski seemed to be the 'right place, right time' type of guy that history over and over again pointed its finger at. For example Stan Musial's 3000th hit was served up by.....MOE DRABOWSKI. The pitcher opposite Early Wynn when he won his 300th game...MOE DRABOWSKI. The winning pitcher in the first ever game for the Kansas City Royals...MOE DRABOWSKI.

Strange isn't it?

Lip

viagracat
06-13-2006, 01:24 PM
Read the obit. He sounded like quite a trip...RIP.

PaulDrake
06-13-2006, 02:38 PM
Once upon a time, long before anyone ever heard of Wood and Prior there was Moe Drabowsky and Dick Drott. Young cub phenom pitchers who went 13-15 and 15-11 respectively in the 1957 season. Both developed arm troubles and were never the same as starters. Drott finished with a 27-46 lifetime record and Drabowsky was able to reinvent himself as a successful long reliever and one of baseball's all time characters. Drabowsky still holds the records for most strikeouts for a relief pitcher in a World Series game, with 11 Ks against the Dodgers in 6 2/3 on October 5, 1966 in Dodger's Stadium.

tick53
06-13-2006, 07:49 PM
Rest In Peace Mr Drabowski:(:

michned
06-14-2006, 12:57 AM
Moe was the pitching coach for the Sox AAA team in Vancouver (or was it Hawaii? - think around '87). I remember sitting right behind the Vancouver bullpen when they came to town to play the old Tucson Toros (btw, should have NEVER changed the name to Sidewinders). Almost 20 years have passed so I can't remember any specific stories, but Moe's stories while in the bullpen were so thoroughly entertaining I wound up going to all four games just to hear Moe (to be fair, he also talked pitching with his pitchers, but mostly stories).

Rest in peace, Moe.