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Honorees attending awards dinner PDF Print E-mail
The batting order has been finalized for the 72nd annual awards dinner of the Boston Chapter, BBWAA. The head table will include the largest number of players and executives to attend in many years.
 
From the Red Sox, CEO Larry Lucchino will be on hand as the Fuchs Award winner for long and meritorious service to baseball. He will be joined by Co-Pitcher of the Year Clay Buchholz, Rookie of the Year Ryan Kalish, Comeback of the Year winner Jed Lowrie, Unsung Hero Scott Atchison, Jensen Award winner Darnell McDonald and Tim Wakefield, who will bring along his Roberto Clemente Award for humanitarianism.
 
Manager Terry Francona, new pitching coach Curt Young, hitting coach Dave Magadan and lefty Rich Hill will also be at the head table.
 
From the rest of baseball, Texas' Ron Washington will be present as Major League Manager of the Year, Joaquin Benoit of the Rays will accept the Tony Conigliaro Award and umpire Jim Joyce will be presented with a sportsmanship award.
 
The event will be held on Thursday, January 20 at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. Tickets are $150 apiece and can be purchased with a check payable to The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114. Credit card purchases can be made by calling Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237 and tickets will be available at the door.
 
Lucchino named Fuchs award winner PDF Print E-mail
Larry Lucchino, whose tenure as President and CEO of the Red Sox includes two World Series titles, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service the baseball.
 
The award, voted on by members of the Boston Chapter, BBWAA, has been given annually since 1959. Fuchs owned the Boston Braves of the National League during the 1920s and 1930s and the award is presented in his memory by the Fuchs family.
 
Some previous winners are Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Fame players such as Henry Aaron, Jim Rice, Warren Spahn, Willie Mays, Tom Seaver, Ernie Banks, Dennis Eckersley and Carl Yastrzemski.
 
Lucchino will be honored at the 72nd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner presented by New Balance, and in partnership with The Sports Museum. The event will be held on Thursday, January 20 at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. Tickets are $150 apiece and can be purchased with a check payable to The Sports Museum,100 Legends Way, Boston, Ma 02114. Credit card purchases can be made by calling Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237.
 
The 2011 season will mark Lucchino's 32nd in Major League Baseball. Before joining the Red Sox in 2002 as part of the ownership group that includes John Henry and Tom Werner, Lucchino was an executive with the Orioles and Padres, helping put together Baltimore's World Series champion in 1983 and San Diego's pennant-winner in 1998.
 
He is a native of Pittsburgh and played varsity basketball at Princeton. Lucchino graduated from Yale Law School and began his career in baseball on Aug. 2, 1979 when he was named vice-president and general counsel of the Orioles. 
 
Atchison, Hall honored PDF Print E-mail
Reliever Scott Atchison and all-purpose utility man Bill Hall have been named as the Red Sox' Unsung Hero and Good Guy, respectively, by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Atchison spent most of the 2010 season in Boston after having played in Japan for two years and became a mainstay in middle relief, even contributing one start in an emergency role. Hall was acquired last January in a trade with Seattle and had his best offensive season since 2005, batting .247 with 18 home runs and 46 RBIs while playing seven different positions, including pitcher.

Atchison and Hall will be honored at the 72nd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner presented by New Balance, and in partnership with The Sports Museum. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. Tickets are $150 apiece and can be purchased with a check payable to The Sports Museum,100 Legends Way, Boston, Mass., 02114. Credit card purchases can be made by calling Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237.
 
Benoit wins 2010 Conigliaro Award PDF Print E-mail
Right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who overcame a torn right rotator cuff to pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, has been voted the winner of the 21st annual Tony Conigliaro Award. This honor is presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.
 
Tony's brothers, Billy and Richie, will officially present the award at the 72nd Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual dinner on January 20, 2011 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.
 
The Red Sox began the award in 1990 to perpetuate the memory of Tony C., who died in February of that year following an eight-year struggle to come back from a massive heart attack that left him severely handicapped. Major League teams submit nominations and an independent 12-person panel does the voting.
 
Benoit missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery that January. The Tampa Bay Rays signed the right-hander to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training in February 2010. Benoit began the season with AAA Durham, before he was called up to the Rays’ big league roster on April 29. He went on to become a key part of the Tampa Bay bullpen, leading all American League relievers with a 1.34 ERA (60.1 IP, 9 ER) over 63 appearances.
 
A free agent this winter who signed with Detroit, Benoit beat out Boston Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie and Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer for the award. Also receiving votes were: Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Arthur Rhodes, Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano, and New York Yankees outfielder Colin Curtis.
 
Past winners include: Jim Eisenreich (1990), Dickie Thon (1991), Jim Abbott (1992), Bo Jackson (1993), Mark Leiter (1994), Scott Radinsky (1995), Curtis Pride (1996), Eric Davis (1997), Bret Saberhagen (1998), Mike Lowell (1999), Kent Mercker and Tony Saunders (2000), Graeme Lloyd and Jason Johnson (2001), Jose Rijo (2002), Jim Mecir (2003), Dewon Brazelton (2004), Aaron Cook (2005), Freddy Sanchez (2006), Jon Lester (2007), Rocco Baldelli (2008) and Chris Carpenter (2009).
 
Tony C. became the youngest player (at age 20) to lead his league in home runs when he hit 32 in 1965, and the youngest in American League history to reach 100 homers (22 years, 197 days). His promising career was tragically cut short when he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. He missed all of 1968, made a inspiring comeback in 1969 and was traded to the California Angels after the 1970 season. Tony played two years with the Angels and then made another comeback with the Red Sox in 1975, his final season in the Majors.
 
Tickets for the dinner are $150 and available by sending a check payable to The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA, 02114. Credit card purchases can also be made by calling Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237.
 
Joyce to receive special award PDF Print E-mail
Veteran Major League umpire Jim Joyce, whose candor and courage in the days after Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game was one of the 2010 baseball season's most memorable stories, will be honored with a Special Achievement Award for sportsmanship by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Joyce will receive the award on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 72nd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner presented by New Balance, in partnership with The Sports Museum. Tickets to the dinner, which will take place at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, are $150 apiece and can be purchased with a check payable to The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA  02114. Credit card purchases can be made by calling Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237. 
 
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