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Online Auction Features Moe Drabowsky Collection

July 13, 2011

By Ray Schulte, SchulteSports.com/SchulteAuctions.com

Moe Drabowsky
(Schulte Sports)
Myron Walter Drabowsky, born in Ozanna, Poland, fled the Nazis with his mother in 1938 at the age of 3. Drabowsky's father joined them a year later where they lived in Wilson, Conn. The young Drabowsky, who went by "Moe," went on to excel on the diamond at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The talented pitcher received a bonus to sign with the Chicago Cubs and went on to play for eight different major league teams throughout his 17-year professional career.

Drabowsky was one of baseball's most beloved characters, well-known for playing practical jokes on teammates. One of his proudest moments was when he gave then-baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn a hot foot.

While he was known for his antics, Drabowsky also became a World Series hero for the Baltimore Orioles. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Orioles in Game One of the 1966 World Series. Drabowsky entered the game in the third inning and proceeded to set a World Series record for relievers by striking out 11, including tying a record for striking out six-consecutive batters. Baltimore went on to defeat the Dodgers in four games.

A member of both the 1966 and 1970 Orioles World Championship teams, Drabowsky passed away June 10, 2006, with many of his prized baseball possessions still displayed in his Sarasota home office. A friend close to his wife, Rita, suggested she obtain help with appraising, authenticating and inventorying Drabowsky's memorabilia items for insurance and possible auction consideration.

More and more athletes, entertainers and their families are consigning to auction houses to sell their items and disperse the revenue evenly amongst the family members or to charity. Earl Weaver, Curt Shilling, John Wayne and Robin Roberts are just a few athletes and entertainers who have recently consigned their career keepsakes to auction.

SchulteAuctions.com is honored to have been chosen to auction Drabowsky's most prized possessions, including his Baltimore Orioles game-used away jersey he wore during Game One of the 1966 World Series; a 1963 game-used Kansas City Athletics jersey; the actual short pants and top Moe wore on his trip from Poland to the United States, at the age of 3; his Wilson-used fielder's glove; Drabowsky's Polish Hall of Fame Induction Medal; a signed letter to Drabowsky from Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1966); and a signed baseball "To Moe from Joe DiMaggio."

These are just a few of the items that will be included in the September online auction. All Drabowsky items will come with a letter of provenance from Rita Drabowsky.

Visit schulteauctions.com to register, preview and start bidding on great signed and un-signed sports and entertainment memorabilia today! Bidding on the Moe Drabowsky Collection will start Sept. 1 and end Sept. 30.

Buck And Angela Showalter To Support KidsPeace

Schulte Sports is proud to announce clients Buck and Angela Showalter have agreed to lend their support to KidsPeace. The non-profit children's charity provides Foster Care and other program services for those children and families, in crisis, throughout Baltimore and the surrounding communities.

The couple will be featured in a Public Service Announcement which will be produced and air on the MASN network scheduled for an August start date. Angela has also agreed to serve as a volunteer member of the KidsPeace Board of Associates for Maryland.

For more information concerning KidsPeace, please visit kidspeace.org.

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Issue 163: July 2011