Dick Drago Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: June 25, 1945 in Toledo, Ohio
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190
First Game: April 11, 1969 ; Final Game: September 30, 1981
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Dick Drago
This article was written by Tom Harkins and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Some time during the 1975 season, pitcher Dick Drago stopped in a convenience store and was recognized by the counter clerk as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Not being familiar with Drago out of uniform the clerk asked the pitcher his name. Dick answered, "I'm Drago." To which the clerk responded, "Oh yeah, Drago Segui." [1]

That Dick Drago was mistaken for the older, Cuban-born, fellow reliever Diego Segui shows that Drago, while in Boston, played in the shadows of his more highly visible and more widely publicized teammates. Although never receiving the acclaim given to others, it is clear that he was a key player on his Red Sox teams; never was he more important than during the glory season of 1975.

Richard Anthony Drago was born in Toledo, Ohio on Monday, June 25, 1945. Of Italian-German descent, he had a typical middle-class upbringing in the medium-sized industrial city of his birth. Of course he played local youth baseball, culminating in being named a Connie Mack all-star. At Woodward H.S., Dick lettered in basketball and bowling as well as baseball. It was in baseball, however, that he truly excelled; his varsity record was 18-3, which included two no-hitters as a senior. Although he did receive some attention from scouts, Drago decided to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Detroit. Although more known as a basketball or football school (the university dropped football in Drago's freshman year) it had recently produced a prominent baseball pitcher for the White Sox: Dave DeBusschere. Better known as a pro basketball player, DeBusschere was an eight-time All-Star in the NBA.

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