Drago won 108 games during a 13-year major league career. He was most effective as a starter for the Kansas City Royals, the team he came up with in 1969. He won 11 games as a rookie then went 17-11 with a 2.98 ERA in 1971. His performance earned him fifth place in the American League Cy Young vote. It was also the best year of his career. Drago won 12 games in 1972 and 1973 for the Royals but they traded him to the Boston Red Sox in 1974. He split time between the rotation and the bullpen in his first season with the Red Sox. They moved him to the bullpen full-time in 1975 and that’s where he stayed the rest of his career. He saved 15 games for Boston that season and had a 10-win, 13-save year for the Red Sox in 1979. Boston dealt Drago to the Seattle Mariners in 1981, which would be the last year of his career.
Drago pitched in two games of the 1975 World Series for Boston against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed one run in four innings and took the loss in Game 2. Drago is also notable as the man who gave up Hank Aaron’s last career home run.
Dick Drago – career stats