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Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
A smiling man in a dark cap and white pinstriped baseball uniform with an interlocked "N" and "Y" on the left breast.
Lou Gehrig, the namesake of the award
Location Cooperstown, New York
Country United States
Presented by Phi Delta Theta
First awarded 1955
Currently held by Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants
Official website Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it.[1] The award was created by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in honor of Gehrig, who was a member of the fraternity at Columbia University. It was first presented in 1955. The award's purpose is to recognize a player's exemplary contributions in "both his community and philanthropy."[1] The bestowal of the award is overseen by the headquarters of the Phi Delta Theta in Oxford, Ohio,[2] and the name of each winner is inscribed onto the Lou Gehrig Award plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. It is the only MLB award conferred by a fraternity.[1]

Twenty-three winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.[3] The inaugural winner was Alvin Dark.[4] Curt Schilling and Shane Victorino, the 1995 and 2008 recipients, respectively, received the award for working with the ALS Association and raising money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the disease which took Gehrig's life and is commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease".[5][6] Mike Timlin won the award in 2007 for his efforts in raising awareness and finding a cure for ALS, which took his mother's life in 2002.[7]

Winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award have undertaken a variety of different causes. Many winners, including Rick Sutcliffe,[8] Barry Larkin,[9] Mark McGwire,[10] Todd Stottlemyre[11] and Derek Jeter,[12] worked with children in need. Jeter assisted children and teenagers in avoiding drug and alcohol addiction[12] through his Turn 2 Foundation,[13] while Sutcliffe visited disabled children in hospitals[8] and bestowed college scholarships to underprivileged juveniles through his foundation.[14] Other winners devoted their work to aiding individuals who had a specific illness, such as Albert Pujols, whose daughter suffers from Down syndrome, and who devoted the Pujols Family Foundation to helping those with the disease,[15] and Ryan Zimmerman, who established the ziMS Foundation to raise money for multiple sclerosis, the disease which afflicts his mother.[16][17]

Winners[edit]

A smiling man in a dark cap with an orange interlocked "N" and "Y" in the centre.
Alvin Dark won the inaugural Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1955.
A man with short hair prepares to swing a baseball bat. He is wearing a black shirt with "Orioles" written in orange (obscured), and the bat is held over his right shoulder. He is wearing orange and black batting gloves on his hands.
Cal Ripken, Jr., the 1992 winner, surpassed Gehrig's record for consecutive games played three years later.[18]
A man in a grey baseball uniform with a navy helmet prepares to swing at a pitch.
Derek Jeter, the 2010 winner, broke Gehrig's record for most hits as a member of the New York Yankees the year before.[19]
A man in a grey baseball jersey with the number 32 on the front right and a red batting helmet with the Angels logo.
Josh Hamilton is the most recent player to win the award.
Key
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player Name of the player
Team The player's team at the time he won the award
Position The player's position at the time he won the award
dagger Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
double-dagger Player is active
Winners
Year Player Team Position Ref
1955 Dark, AlvinAlvin Dark New York Giants Shortstop [20]
1956 Reese, Pee WeePee Wee Reesedagger Brooklyn Dodgers Shortstop [21]
1957 Musial, StanStan Musialdagger St. Louis Cardinals First baseman [22]
1958 McDougald, GilGil McDougald New York Yankees Second baseman [23]
1959 Hodges, GilGil Hodges Los Angeles Dodgers First baseman [24]
1960 Groat, DickDick Groat Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop [25]
1961 Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahndagger Milwaukee Braves Pitcher [26]
1962 Roberts, RobinRobin Robertsdagger Baltimore Orioles Pitcher [27]
1963 Richardson, BobbyBobby Richardson New York Yankees Second baseman [28]
1964 Boyer, KenKen Boyer St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [29]
1965 Law, VernVern Law Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher [30]
1966 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [31]
1967 Banks, ErnieErnie Banksdagger Chicago Cubs First baseman [32]
1968 Kaline, AlAl Kalinedagger Detroit Tigers Outfielder [33]
1969 Rose, PetePete Rose Cincinnati Reds Outfielder [34]
1970 Aaron, HankHank Aarondagger Atlanta Braves Outfielder [35]
1971 Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrewdagger Minnesota Twins Outfielder [36]
1972 Parker, WesWes Parker Los Angeles Dodgers First baseman [37]
1973 Santo, RonRon Santodagger Chicago Cubs Third baseman [38]
1974 Stargell, WillieWillie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [39]
1975 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [40]
1976 Sutton, DonDon Suttondagger Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher [41]
1977 Brock, LouLou Brockdagger St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder [42]
1978 Kessinger, DonDon Kessinger Chicago White Sox Shortstop [43]
1979 Niekro, PhilPhil Niekrodagger Atlanta Braves Pitcher [44]
1980 Pérez, TonyTony Pérezdagger Boston Red Sox First baseman [45]
1981 John, TommyTommy John New York Yankees Pitcher [46]
1982 Cey, RonRon Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [47]
1983 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidtdagger Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [48]
1984 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey San Diego Padres First baseman [49]
1985 Murphy, DaleDale Murphy Atlanta Braves Outfielder [50]
1986 Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brettdagger Kansas City Royals Third baseman [51]
1987 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs Pitcher [52]
1988 Bell, BuddyBuddy Bell Houston Astros Third baseman [53]
1989 Smith, OzzieOzzie Smithdagger St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [54]
1990 Davis, GlennGlenn Davis Houston Astros First baseman [55]
1991 Hrbek, KentKent Hrbek Minnesota Twins First baseman [56]
1992 Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.dagger Baltimore Orioles Shortstop [57]
1993 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly New York Yankees First baseman [58]
1994 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkindagger Cincinnati Reds Shortstop [59]
1995 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher [60]
1996 Butler, BrettBrett Butler Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [61]
1997 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger Minnesota Twins Designated hitter [62]
1998 Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynndagger San Diego Padres Outfielder [63]
1999 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals First baseman [64]
2000 Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [65]
2001 Franco, JohnJohn Franco New York Mets Pitcher [66]
2002 Graves, DannyDanny Graves Cincinnati Reds Pitcher [67]
2003 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer Seattle Mariners Pitcher [68]
2004 Thome, JimJim Thome Philadelphia Phillies First baseman [69]
2005 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Atlanta Braves Pitcher [70]
2006 Hoffman, TrevorTrevor Hoffman San Diego Padres Pitcher [71]
2007 Timlin, MikeMike Timlin Boston Red Sox Pitcher [72]
2008 Victorino, ShaneShane Victorinodouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder [73]
2009 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujolsdouble-dagger St. Louis Cardinals First baseman [74]
2010 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeterdouble-dagger New York Yankees Shortstop [75]
2011 Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmermandouble-dagger Washington Nationals Third baseman [76]
2012 Zito, BarryBarry Zitodouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Pitcher [77]
2013 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamiltondouble-dagger Los Angeles Angels Outfield [78]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  41. ^ "Don Sutton Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Lou Brock Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Don Kessinger Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Phil Niekro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
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  46. ^ "Tommy John Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
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  58. ^ "Don Mattingly Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
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