Three Philadelphia sports legends — Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, basketball coach Speedy Morris, and retired basketball referee Hank Nichols — will receive Special Achievement Awards at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s 109th annual Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, January 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Rollins, a three-time National League All-Star and four-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, will be acknowledged for his many contributions to the Phillies over his 13- year career. His greatest season came in 2007 when he was the NL and Phillies’ Most Valuable Player, won the Silver Slugger award, and became the first major leaguer to have 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 homers, and 25 stolen bases in the same season. He has led the league in triples three times and runs, and stolen bases once each.
Rollins was recently selected as the only member of the Phillies to represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 2. He will join former Phillies shortstop and manager Larry Bowa (the PSWA’s Living Legend at this year’s dinner), who has been named a coach of Team USA by manager Joe Torre.
Morris, who was nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last November, will be honored for recently achieving 900 wins as the longtime coach at La Salle University and St. Joseph’s Prep.
Nichols, one of the most respected basketball referees in history, will be recognized for his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame last September. The only referee to officiate at an NCAA and NIT championship game in the same year, Nichols was the referee in six NCAA national championship games, 10 NCAA Final Fours, and two Olympics.
Also being honored will be Navy freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds as the Most Valuable Player of the Army-Navy game in December. He scored the winning touchdown on an eight-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive in the closing minutes.
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