SEATTLE – Nov. 11, 2014 – Major League Baseball's Alex Gordon, star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, will receive the 50th annual Hutch Award at the annual luncheon Thursday, Jan. 29 at Safeco Field. MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield will deliver the keynote address. Register for the luncheon online; guests are asked to make a minimum $150 donation to benefit cancer research at Fred Hutch.
While in Seattle, Gordon plans to visit scientists and labs, as well as children and families at the Hutch School.
Gordon, a 30-year-old native of Lincoln, Nebraska was drafted in 2005 by the Kansas City Royals after being named the No. 1 college prospect by Baseball America. In his first year with the Royals affiliate team, the Wichita Wranglers, Gordon was named the Texas League Player of the Year and received the America’s Minor league Player of the Year award.
During the past eight seasons with the Royals, Gordon has won four Gold Glove Awards, three Fielding Bible Awards, and one Wilson defense Player of the Year Award in MLB. Gordon recorded his 1000th career hit in 2014 and was named to the 2014 All Star Team for the second consecutive year.
In Game 7 of the 2014 World Series Gordon represented the tying run in the 9th inning when with 2 outs, he lined a single to left-center - Gordon reached 3rd base when the Giants' center fielder misplayed the ball. Gordon, however, was left stranded when the next batter fouled out to end the game.
Off the field, 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, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, and his wife Jamie, are supporters of the Diamond Dawgs, a 12-and-under baseball team from his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, that raises awareness for breast cancer by donning pink jerseys and raising money for the American Cancer Society.
The Hutch Award is given each year to a player exemplifies the honor, courage, and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, for whom the Center is named. For more information about the Hutch Award, including a list of past recipients, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit www.fredhutch.org or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.