Pieces of Our Past: June Week 4
Former Cy Young Award Winner Doug Drabek Was Introduced to Baseball Through Little League
The baseball career of 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, began in his hometown of Victoria, Texas.
Mr. Drabek, a right-handed pitcher, was known for his fluid pitching motion and sound mechanics. He won the Cy Young Award as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first of the Pirates’ three-straight National League East Division championship seasons (1990-92).
His Little League uniform and ball cap are among the items included in the exhibition, “Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pride,” which opened at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum on June 19. The exhibit honors the many Pirates who have played Little League, including some who played in the Little League World Series, or have a Williamsport connection through the minor league farm teams.
The uniform was donated to the museum by his parents, Tony and Victoria Drabek, who were honored by Little League International in 1991 with receipt of the George and Barbara Parents of the Year award. The award is bestowed annually to the parents of a Major League player who were actively involved in their son’s Little League experience.
The award is designed to be a symbolic recognition of the millions of mothers and fathers who each year respond to the call of parental duty and help provide a wholesome healthy arena for leadership training for the children of their respective communities. It is presented during the Little League World Series and the Parents of the Year are included in the museum’s Gallery of Achievement.
The Pirates’ exhibit will be on display from Sept. 18 through mid-December and is a prelude to a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, “Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente.” The Pirates exhibit also features a replica Clemente jersey bearing the No. 21 and several photographs of his 1970 championship team which won the Major League Baseball World Series.
This research was made possible through a General Operating Support Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Throughout June, the museum is open Thursday through Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It will be open seven days a week in July and August. The museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, 2 miles south of Williamsport along Route 15. It is a 15-minute drive north of Interstate Route 80.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The Museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.
The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.
For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm or follow us on Facebook.