The Phillies’ Ryan Howard, along with the Indians’ Cliff Lee and the Blue Jays’ Cito Gaston will be among those receiving a Legacy Award during the ninth annual Legacy Awards of the Negro Leagues Baseball Musuem, which will be held this upcoming Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas.
Ryan Howard will be receiving the Josh Gibson Award as the National League top player, winning the award for the second time in three years. Cliff Lee will be receiving the Bullet Rogan Award for the best pitcher in the American League, while Cito Gaston will be receiving the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award for being the first African-American to manage a team into a World Series Championship, as he managed the World Champions Blue Jays of 1992-1993.
Congrats on winning another award, Howard.
Howard wins Josh Gibson Award
NL-best 48 homers earn Phillies slugger Legacy honor
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Congratulation, Ryan. You should be winning a few more of these before your career is over.
PHILADELPHIA — For the second time in three years, Ryan Howard of the Phillies earned the Josh Gibson Award, presented to the National and American League’s top home run hitters.
The honor is part of the ninth annual Legacy Awards, presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Howard powered 48 homers and drove in 146 runs, helping the Phillies to their first World Series championship since 1980.
He caught fire in September, when the team needed him most, hitting .352 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs.
The Legacy recipients will receive their awards on Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. Proceeds from the Legacy Awards will benefit the museum, which keeps alive the legacy of men and women who played, coached or owned teams when baseball was a segregated sport.
Howard also earned the Gibson Award in 2006, and shared the Oscar Charleston Legacy Award — which honors the best player each year in the NL and AL — with the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter.
After winning NL Rookie of the Year in 2005, Howard earned the Larry Doby Award, presented to the top rookie in each league. (H/T Phillies.com)
Once again, congrats on winning the award, Ryan. I wonder what else you’ll be receiving before spring training starts next February?