Hutch Award Luncheon

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About the Hutch Award®

The Hutch Award® was created in 1965 in honor of the late Fred Hutchinson, the courageous and inspirational former Major League Baseball player and manager, who died of cancer one year earlier at the age of 45.

A fiery competitor who earned respect with his no-nonsense command, "Hutch" won 95 games as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and later managed three big-league clubs. His greatest achievement was piloting the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series in 1961.

In December 1963, Hutch detected small lumps in his throat and upper chest. He sought help from his brother, Dr. Bill Hutchinson, a medical doctor and cancer researcher. Hutch was told he had no more than a year to live.

Hutch returned to Cincinnati determined to manage the Reds. He received treatment on a regular basis but decided to conceal the true nature of his illness. He told his team and the media that he had been given a clean bill of health.

By mid-season, however, Hutch's illness had overcome him. He was forced to stop traveling, and the team finished under the direction of Coach Dick Sisler. After the season ended, Hutch returned to Florida where he died Nov. 12, 1964.

One year after his death, the Hutch Award was created by Hutch's longtime friends Bob Prince, broadcaster of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Jim Enright, Chicago sportswriter; and Ritter Collett, sports editor of the Dayton Journal Herald. They also created a scholarship fund for medical students engaged in cancer research to honor Hutch's memory.

The Hutch Award is now presented each year in Seattle, Hutch's hometown and the site of the renowned cancer center that bears his name. The award is hosted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is bestowed annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon to raise vital funds for early cancer detection research.

Hutch Award

Cerulean Venetian with Sun Yellow Coils, 2013

Photo credit: Scott Mitchell Leen

About the award

Created by Dale Chihuly

This year's Hutch Award winner will receive a Cerulean Venetian with Sun Yellow Coils created by artist Dale Chihuly.

In 1988, inspired by Italian Art Deco, Chihuly started the Venetians series with Italian glassblower Lino Tagliapietra. In 1993, the series developed further into smaller Venetians, the Piccolo Venetians. Chihuly continues to work on the series, most recently creating vessels in black and exploring the effects of silvering the glass.

Chihuly is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. His artwork is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass.

To learn more about Chihuly and his artwork, please visit chihuly.com, Facebook.com/Chihuly, @ChihulyStudio.