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brady raggio, 1997 fleer #584, cardinals

Player: Raggio, Brady

Card: 1997 Fleer #584

Position: RHP

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Brady John Raggio (born September 17, 1972 in Los Angles, CA) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for three seasons. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1997 to 1998 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003. From 2000 until 2002, he also played Nippon Professional Baseball, pitching for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

Brady was told he'd never be able to play pro baseball again, however. On Halloween night, 1992 his life almost ended. While he was visiting friends in Santa Barbara, Calif., he was navigating makeshift stairs down to the Pacific Ocean. when the steps gave way, plunging him 75 feet down to the rocks below.

His right kneecap was shattered into 13 jagged pieces. His right femur was snapped in half. His left elbow was broken, and sticking out of his skinned skin. He was taken by helicopter to a local hospital and was hospitalized for three weeks. His rehabilitation lasted 13 months, forcing him to miss the entire 1993 season after a promising rookie year in '92. "I had doctors tell me I would never be able to play again," Raggio said. Using grit and determination, he made his way back, even with a metal rod in his leg.

He made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 1997. Brady had a rough time on May 15, 1998, when he started for the Cardinals against the Marlins and allowed 11 consecutive batters to reach base before he was lifted in the first inning. Raggio was returned to Memphis after the game and pitched well, boosting his record to 6-3 with a 2.50 ERA.

On June 15, the Cardinals recalled him. “Brady deserves it,” said Memphis manager Gaylen Pitts. “That’s what happens when you come down and work. He could have gone the other way, but he worked hard and did what he had to do to get back.” In his first appearance for the Cardinals since his recall, Brady pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, earning the win against the Diamondbacks

After his playing career ended in 2005, Brady worked in the oil business before getting a job with the Triple-A Reno Aces selling corporate sponsorships. In 2016, Brady joined the PGA TOUR's Barracuda Championship as their Director of Sales.

(Excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1997 Bowman #306
2000 Baseball Magazine Japanese Diamond Heroes #4


Brady is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Raggio’s baseball cards at TCDB

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