Myron Walter Drabowsky, born in Ozanna, Poland, fled the Nazis with his mother in 1938 at the age of three (3) years old. Moe’s father joined them a year later where they lived in Wilson, Connecticut.
The young Drabowsky went on to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT excelling on the diamond. The talented pitcher received a bonus to sign with the Chicago Cubs and went on to play for eight (8) different major league teams throughout his seventeen (17) year professional career.
Moe was one of baseball’s most beloved characters, well-known for playing practical jokes on teammates. One he was most proud of was when he gave then Baseball Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn a hot foot.
While he was known for his antics, he also became a World Series hero playing for the Baltimore Orioles. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Orioles in Game One of the 1966 World Series. Moe entered the game in the third inning and proceeded to set a World Series record for relievers by striking out eleven (11), including tying a World Series record for striking out six (6) consecutive batters. Baltimore went on to defeat the Dodgers four (4) games straight and win the World Series. Moe was fortunate to be a member of both the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles World Championship teams.
Moe passed away June 10, 2006 with many of his prized baseball possessions still displayed in his Sarasota home office designed by his wife Rita. A friend close to Rita suggested they speak with Schulte Auctions to help with appraising, authenticating and inventorying Moe’s memorabilia items for insurance and possible auction consideration.
More and more athletes, entertainers and/or their families are consigning to Auction Houses for the purposes of selling their items and dispersing 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/or entertainers who have recently consigned their career keepsakes to auction.
SchulteAuctions.com is honored to have been chosen to auction Moe’s most prized possessions, including his Baltimore Orioles game-used away jersey he wore in 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, Moe’s Polish Hall of Fame Induction Medal, a signed letter to Moe from Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1966) and a signed baseball “To Moe from Joe DiMaggio”.
These are just a few of the consigned items that will be included in the Schulte Auctions September on-line auction. All Moe Drabowsky items will come with a letter of provenance from Moe’s wife, Rita Drabowsky on Schulte Auctions letterhead.
Visit www.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 September 1st and end September 30th.