St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright named 51st Hutch Award winner

Adam Wainwright, a Major League Baseball star pitcher who also hurls his energy into humanitarian causes, has won the 51st annual Hutch Award.

A veteran starter for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wainwright will accept the honor at the 2016 Hutch Award Luncheon, which will be held on Jan. 27 at Safeco Field in Seattle — home city of big-league pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson and the cancer research center that bears his name. For the 2016 award ceremony, former Boston Red Sox catcher and Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk will deliver the keynote address.

Off the field, Wainwright provides sustainable, safe water for people in developing countries. He lends his time to Big League Impact Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises money to supply food, water, medical care, and shelter to reignite hope and health in villages around the world. His assistance has helped people in Uganda, Liberia, the Philippines, Haiti, and Honduras.

On the diamond, Wainwright has notched two 20-win seasons and two 19-win seasons — building a 55-32 record since undergoing elbow surgery in 2011. In 2006, his rookie year, Wainwright came out of the Cardinals’ bullpen to save the two games that clinched both the National League Championship Series and the World Series for St. Louis.

The Hutch Award is given each year to a player who exemplifies the honor, courage, and dedication of Fred Hutchinson. For more information about the Hutch Award, including a list of past recipients, visit

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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. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first National Cancer Institute-funded 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.

Molly McElroy
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