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Mark Loretta receives 2006 Hutch Award™

Chihuly-designed Hutch Award™ pays tribute to Fred Hutchinson, the baseball legend

SEATTLE — Jan. 25, 2007 — All-star second baseman Mark Loretta accepted the 2006 Hutch Award™ at the annual fund-raising luncheon and presentation at Safeco Field on Thursday, Jan. 25. Loretta and his wife, Hilary, also toured the Center and visited students at the Hutch School along with luncheon keynote speaker Ken Griffey Sr. and his wife, Val.

Loretta, known as a highly skilled hitter and defender, spent last year's season with the Boston Red Sox and has signed with the Houston Astros for 2007. He bounced back to a successful baseball career after being treated for stage-one malignant melanoma and has since become an advocate for skin-cancer prevention. The Lorettas live in Southern California where they have two children and volunteer with the ALS Association and Children's Hospital San Diego.

The Hutch Award™ was established in 1965 and is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer at age 45.

Past Hutch Award winners include 2005 recipient (and Mark Loretta's Astros teammate) Craig Biggio, Jamie Moyer, Sandy Koufax and Carl Yastrzemski. In all, 11 Hall-of-Famers have received the Hutch Award™. For more information visit the Hutch Award Luncheon webpage.

Chihuly-designed Hutch Award™ pays tribute to Fred Hutchinson, the baseball legend

Mark Loretta was the first Hutch Award™ recipient to be given a new, Dale Chihuly-designed blown-glass award, created in honor of the late baseball legend Fred Hutchinson and the cancer-research center that bears his name. The glass piece, entitled "Cerulean Venetian with Sun Yellow Coils," was blown in November 2006 at Chihuly's boathouse studio on Seattle's Lake Union.

A larger example of the piece will be displayed at the Hutchinson Center. Chihuly's glass design is the third incarnation of the Hutch Award™, which was instituted 42 years ago with the naming of Mickey Mantle as the first recipient. The first incarnation of the award was a simple plaque; the second was a crystal baseball.


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