Former MLB pitcher Dave Dravecky to share his story with MacMurray and Western Illinois FCA

September 14, 2017 | 2:56 PM

The Western Illinois FCA and MacMurray College will host former Major League Baseball pitcher and motivational speaker Dave Dravecky at two separate events in Jacksonville on September 26 and 27. Dravecky will share his message, “The Pitch that could be Heard Round the World,” at both events.

Dravecky will be the featured speaker at the Western Illinois FCA fundraising banquet on Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton’s in Jacksonville. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling 217-370-2008 for $25 each. Ticket includes dinner at Hamilton's and the opportunity to hear Dravecky share his story. For more information and to see a video from Dravecky, go to

The former San Francisco Giant pitcher will also be the featured speaker at MacMurray College on Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in Annie Merner Chapel. Dravecky’s presentation will kick-off the college health fair. The event is free and open to all students and groups from the area high schools. Reservations can be made by calling Gina Hamilton at 217-479-7160 or at

Dravecky was first thrust into the public spotlight when his career took off as a Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres (’82-’87) and San Francisco Giants (’87-’89). Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream, Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer, a desmoid tumor, in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. Dravecky has been speaking professionally since 1991, delivering motivational messages to a wide variety of audiences across the country.

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