Stories from the Scribe: Moe, Curly and Larry

From the October 2011 issue of Vine Line, longtime beat writer Joe Goddard shares a story from the middle of the 20th century. Read Goddard’s stories in Glory Days every month by subscribing to Vine Line today.

Myron “Moe” Drabowsky was an accomplished prankster when he finished his 1957 rookie season with a 2.47 ERA—but not before fleeing Poland with his family in the ’39 Nazi invasion. “I remember catching fish bare-handed in Poland and seeing Nazis doing the goose step,” Drabowsky said.

Giving hot feet to unsuspecting victims was Drabowsky’s specialty, including one to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. He made news in 1958 when he gave up Stan Musial’s 3,000th hit. “At least I’ll be remembered for something,” said Drabowsky, who later struck out 11 Dodgers as an Oriole in the 1966 World Series.

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