We are pleased to announce Clayton Kershaw as the 2013 Warren Spahn Award winner.

The Warren Spahn Award is presented annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. The award is named after Oklahoman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who holds the MLB record of 363 wins as a left-handed pitcher. Spahn Award rankings are based on a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and earned run average.

This season, Kershaw became the first pitcher since Greg Maddux (1993-1995) to lead the major leagues in ERA for three consecutive seasons.

The Spahn Award is presented at the annual Warren Spahn Award Gala, hosted in January by Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Rotary Club and Jim Thorpe Association. The Gala will be at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Museum on January 28, 2014.

Past Spahn Award winners include: Gio Gonzalez (2012); Clayton Kershaw (2011); David Price (2010); CC Sabathia (2007 – 2009); Johan Santana (2004, 2006); Dontrelle Willis (2005); Andy Pettitte (2003); and Randy Johnson (1999 – 2002).

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The Warren Spahn Awards Gala is a time to remember the accomplishments of three great men and to celebrate the accomplishments of professional athletes, professional sportscasters, and student athletes and coaches. The Gala is centered on the accomplishments of Warren Spahn. Spahn is considered the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time in the Major Leagues and the Warren Spahn Award is given to the outstanding Left Handed Pitcher from the previous season.

For the first nine years, the Gala was hosted at the beautiful Masonic Temple in Guthrie, OK. In 2008, the Warren Spahn Awards Gala moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. The Gala was moved in connection with the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame partnering with the Bricktown Rotary Club to be the presenting sponsor of the Gala and the merger of the Sports Hall of Fame with the Jim Thorpe Association.

After two years in Oklahoma City, the Warren Spahn Awards Gala has become a premier event in the State of Oklahoma. In fact, the Gala is the only event in Oklahoma in which a major league athlete is honored for their accomplishments on the playing field. The Gala raises funds for the Bricktown Rotary Club and the Jim Thorpe Association, which are two charitable organizations that support many outstanding causes that benefit underprivileged children and individuals.

Organizers and sponsors of the Warren Spahn Award Gala will present three major awards at the event. The Warren Spahn Award will be presented to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball; the Bill Teegins Award will be presented to an outstanding sports broadcaster with Oklahoma ties; and the Ferguson Jenkins Award will be presented to 10 high school athletes and the outstanding high school baseball and softball coaches in Oklahoma.


The Warren Spahn Awards Gala will take place:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jim Thorpe Museum
4040 North Lincoln
Oklahoma City, Ok

6:00pm - 7:00pm Vip Reception
7:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner and Ceremony

The Warren Spahn Award furthers Oklahoma City’s reputation as a Big League city, honors our state’s athletic heritage and raises funding for local charities. Sponsorship sales are vital to ensuring the success of this worthy event. Please take a moment to review the sponsorship opportunities below.

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For more information on sponsorships, please contact Bill Hickman:

405.605.2375 or hickman@hickmanlawgroup.com.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting event and/or would like to participate in any way, please contact Bill Hickman:

405.605.2375 or hickman@hickmanlawgroup.com.


Clayton Kershaw named best lefty pitcher in MLB
OKLAHOMA CITY, OCTOBER 11, 2013 — Warren Spahn Award organizers announced today that Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the 2013 Spahn Award winner. Kershaw will be formally recognized as the Warren Spahn Award Gala, hosted by Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Rotary Club and Jim Thorpe Association on January 28 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum.
The Spahn Award is presented annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball and is based on a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and earned run average. Kershaw finished the regular season with 16 wins, 232 strikeouts, and a 1.83 ERA. This is Kershaw’s second Spahn Award. He won for the first time in 2011.
“It is such an honor to represent Warren Spahn and his many accomplishments on the mound,” Kershaw said. “Thank you to the Bricktown Rotary Club for awarding me this prestigious honor. I'm ever so grateful for your ongoing support. Lord willing, I look forward to being a good steward of all this award embodies.”
The Spahn Award is named after Oklahoman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who holds the Major League Baseball record of 363 wins as a left-handed pitcher. Kershaw said he is humbled to be put in the same category as “a legendary man with a great left arm.”
Greg Spahn, son of the late Warren Spahn, said Kershaw represents the award well. “Clayton led MLB in both strikeouts and the lowest ERA,” Greg Spahn said. “It is the first time a pitcher finished the season below 2.00 since 2005. Now he’s leading the Dodgers into post-season play. Clayton is a true competitor and has earned a second Warren Spahn Award.”
This season, Kershaw became the first pitcher since Greg Maddux (1993-1995) to lead the major leagues in ERA for three consecutive seasons. His 2013 honors also include winning the Roy Campanella Award, an honor bestowed by Dodgers players and coaches for “most inspirational Dodger.”
In addition to his work on the field, Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011. With the goal of transforming the lives of children in America and Africa, the organization provides a home to orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia. In 2012, Kershaw’s Challenge expanded to serve at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Dallas. For every strikeout, Kershaw donates $500 to the foundation.
Spahn Award Gala Chairman Bill Hickman said Kershaw is a shining example of Rotary’s commitment to taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
“Clayton Kershaw serves as an inspiration not only to the Dodgers, but also to our nation and the world,” Hickman said. “He uses his talents and passion to make a difference and challenges others to do the same. We are honored to welcome him back to Oklahoma City in January to celebrate his accomplishments.”
Ticket information for the January 28 Gala can be found at www.okcspahnawards.com.
Past Spahn Award winners include: Gio Gonzales (2012); Kershaw (2011); David Price (2010); CC Sabathia (2007–2009); Johan Santana (2004, 2006); Dontrelle Willis (2005); Andy Pettitte (2003); and Randy Johnson (1999–2002).



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