|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» November 24, 1986:
In yet another unwise trade of prospects for aging veterans, the Yankees deal pitchers Brian Fisher, Doug Drabek, and Logan Easley to the Pirates for pitchers Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements. Drabek will win the NL Cy Young Award for Pittsburgh in 1990. |
» April 9, 1990: At Shea, the Pirates pound Dwight Gooden (0-1) for five runs in 4.1 innings and go on to win, 12–3. Doug Drabek gets the win as Bobby Bonilla and Andy Van Slyke homer to back his pitching. Gooden has a losing record for the first time in nine seasons.
» September 30, 1990: Pittsburgh beats St. Louis 2–0 behind Doug Drabek's 3-hitter to clinch its first National League East title since 1979. The loss assures the Cards of finishing last for the first time since 1918.
» July 27, 1992: Sammy Sosa, disabled since June 13 after being hit on the right hand by Dennis Martinez and breaking a bone, bats leadoff and has three hits. He homers on the first pitch from Doug Drabek. In his first start at Wrigley since his announcement that he's leaving, Greg Maddux beats the Pirates, 3–2. In the 8th inning the Wrigley faithful give the ace pitcher a standing ovation.
» October 14, 1992: The Braves come from behind to defeat the Pirates, 3–2, to win the NLCS. Down 2–0 to Doug Drabek entering the 9th, The decisive blow comes with two outs, as seldom-used 3rd-string C Francisco Cabrera drives in the tying and winning runs with a pinch-hit single. John Smoltz, who works six strong innings without a decision, is named the series MVP.
» December 1, 1992: The Astros sign free agent P Doug Drabek to a 4-year contract worth $19.5 million.
» June 12, 1993: Down 7–0 to Doug Drabek in the 3rd inning, the Rockies surge back to beat Houston, 14–11.
» September 5, 1995: The Astros defeat the Reds, 10-1, in a game marked by a bench-clearing brawl that will lead to suspensions for Xavier Hernandez (8 games), Doug Drabek (5), Pat Borders (5), Ron Gant (4), Davey Johnson (2), and Terry Collins (2). Intentional walks backfire twice for Cincy. Ahead 1–0, they walk Jeff Bagwell in the 3rd (with Craig Biggio on 2B and one out)and Mike Simms homers. Undeterred, the Reds gave a free pass to pinch-hitter Dave Magadan in the 7th (with men on 2B and 3B and one out) and the score just 4–1. Derrick May then hits a grand slam.
» January 14, 1997: The White Sox sign free agent P Doug Drabek.
» June 17, 1997: Playing before 44,249, the largest regular-season crowd at Comiskey Park, the White Sox score early to beat the Cubs, 5–3. Doug Drabek. with help from Roberto Hernandez in the ninth is the winner. Ex-Cub Dave Martinez hits a two-run homer in the first for the Sox. Chris Snopek adds another.