Two of the biggest names in major league baseball—Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout and Phillies pitching ace Cole Hamels—will be honored at the Philadelphia Sports-Writers Association’s 109th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Trout, a 21-year-old native of Millville, NJ , and the American League’s Rookie of the Year, will receive the PSWA’s Pro Athlete of the Year award. A sensational defensive player, Trout hit .326 with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases. He became the first player in major league history with at least 30 homers, 125 runs, and 45 stolen bases in a season.
Hamels and his wife, Heidi, will be honored as the group’s Humanitarians of the Year for their various charitable endeavors. They include The Hamels Foundation, which is dedicated to instilling a community-based approach in education by providing assistance to inner-city schools in the United States including but not limited to providing stimulating learning environments and educational programs.
Hamels had an outstanding year on the mound in 2012. winning a career high 17 games with a 3.05 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 215 1/3 innings.
University of Delaware basketball star Elena Della Donne has previously been named the PSWA’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete. She will be honored along with Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, who will receive a lifetime achievement award for his humanitarian work.
Other prestigious awards at the dinner, including Team of the Year, Living Legend, Native Son, and Good Guy Athlete, among others, will be announced in coming weeks, as will a couple of memorable surprise presentations and some “Special Achievement” awards. The most coveted award—Most Courageous—is kept secret until the night of the dinner, the oldest continuing sports awards banquet in the nation.
Tickets for the dinner at $95 apiece are available online (CLICK HERE).
Doors to the banquet open at 5 P.M. with the dinner starting promptly at 6:30 P.M.