WATCH: Happy anniversary, Dave Dravecky's 'baseball miracle'

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Here's how the AP headlined it on the morning of Aug. 10, 1989 ...

If anything, that would turn out to be an understatement.

At age 32 and after establishing himself as one of baseball's top left-handed starters, Dave Dravecky of the Giants received a crushing diagnosis: cancer in his throwing arm. Not only would Dravecky almost certainly never pitch again, but his life was also now in peril.

I could tell you how Dravecky defied the odds and then defied them some more. I could tell that Dravecky sparkled in his impossible comeback game. Then I could tell you how the story would take what seemed to be a diminishing twist. And then I could tell you that almost nothing, as it turns out, can diminish someone of Dravecky's quiet strength.

Instead, though, I'll point you to what follows, which is a short and thoroughly moving film about Dravecky today and his living -- absolute emphasis on living -- legacy of dignity and perseverance.

Do yourself a favor and set aside eight minutes of your day ...

Happy anniversary to Mr. Dave Dravecky and his baseball miracle.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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