Hutch Award Luncheon

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50th Hutch Award® Winner

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

After a stellar baseball career at the University of Nebraska, Alex Gordon was headed for super stardom. In 2005, Gordon was selected by the Kansas City Royals, his favorite team, as the second overall pick in the draft. His professional career started with a bang, as he became the first player in history to win Baseball America's College Player of the Year (2005) and then Minor League Player of the Year (2006) in consecutive seasons. He made the Royals Opening Day roster in 2007 and put together a solid rookie campaign. After a stint in Triple-A Omaha in 2010, Gordon returned in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. 

Alex Gordon

Alex Gordon

In 2014, Gordon batted .266 with 150 hits, 19 home runs and 74 RBI helping lead the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985. The 2011 Royals Player of the Year is a two-time All-Star (2013, 2014), four-time Gold Glove Award winner (2011 – 2014), three-time Fielding Bible Award winner (2012 – 2014) and was recently named a Platinum Glove Award winner and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for 2014.

In addition to breakout seasons on the diamond, Gordon has broken out and become an active player in the community as well. Gordon has been a supporter of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for eight years and with his help, the regional foundation effort has raised more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research and has funded grants at Children's Mercy Hospital, The University of Kansas Medical Center and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Gordon has a soft spot in his heart for those battling cancer, as his mother is a breast cancer survivor. He and his wife Jamie, are supporters of the Diamond Dawgs, a 12-and-under baseball team from his hometown of Lincoln, Neb., that raise awareness for breast cancer by donning pink jerseys and raising money for the American Cancer Society. In addition to his own charitable interests, Gordon is a loyal supporter of his teammates’ charitable endeavors, appearing and donating to their initiatives as well. He embodies the values and commitment both on and off the field that the Royals strive to be as an organization in the Kansas City community and region.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is honored to welcome and pay tribute to Alex Gordon as the 50th Hutch Award® winner.