Middleburg Heights native and Midpark High School graduate Ken Kravec came to City Hall on Friday, June 13, to visit Mayor Starr, his friend of over 40 years. Kravec and Mayor Starr grew up as next-door neighbors on Mohawk Trail and often spent time playing baseball on the diamonds behind City Hall with Councilman John Grech. Both Kravec and Mayor Starr played baseball at Midpark High School and were members of the same graduating class. The friends would stick together in college as each went to Ashland University and both pledged to the school’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
After college, Kravec was drafted in the third round of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox. As a left-handed pitcher, Kravec made his major league debut with the White Sox on September 4, 1975. After his debut, he would spend five seasons with the White Sox. In 1979, he was the opening day starter and led the team in wins with 15. Kravec closed out his respectable career with the White Sox’s cross-town rival – the Cubs – where he spent two seasons as a pitcher.
Following his career as a player, Kravec continued to work in baseball and has advanced in the ranks as a scout. Currently, he is a scout and an assistant to the General Manager for the Chicago Cubs and is based in Sarasota, Florida. Over the years he has continued to keep in contact with his old friend Mayor Starr, as the two enjoyed a long visit and reminisced about past baseball stories.