Joe Williams | Varsity Blog
4:50 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, a Umatilla grad, was named Monday as the Brewers nominee for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award.
The award honors Clemente, a 15-time all-star with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who was also known for his humanitarian efforts. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash taking supplies to Honduras earthquake victims.
Lucroy has earned a reputation as a player who has given back to his community, and has continued to show a soft spot for military veterans.
He supports the Fisher House of Wisconsin, a home for veterans and their families while receiving treatment at the Milwaukee VA Hospital. He invites wounded veterans to Brewers games each month and also sits and visits with them. He visits veterans in hospitals whether it is in Milwaukee, on the road or near his home in Louisiana. He also has been providing $5,000 scholarships to children of military families for the past three years.
In addition, he also worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Miracle League, baseball for children with disabilities.
Each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs have nominated one player for the award and thsoe players were recognized prior to their games Tuesday night.
Previous winners of the Roberto Clemente Award include 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1971, Willie Mays; 1972, Brooks Robinson; 1973, Al Kaline; 1974, Willie Stargell; 1975, Lou Brock; 1976, Pete Rose; 1977, Rod Carew; 1978, Greg Luzinski; 1979, Andre Thornton; 1980, Phil Niekro; 1981, Steve Garvey; 1982, Ken Singleton; 1983, Cecil Cooper; 1984, Ron Guidry; 1985, Don Baylor; 1986, Garry Maddox; 1987, Rick Sutcliffe; 1988, Dale Murphy; 1989, Gary Carter; 1990, Dave Stewart; 1991, Harold Reynolds; 1992, Cal Ripken, Jr.; 1993, Barry Larkin;
1994, Dave Winfield; 1995, Ozzie Smith; 1996, Kirby Puckett; 1997, Eric Davis; 1998, Sammy Sosa; 1999, Tony Gwynn; 2000, Al Leiter; 2001, Curt Schilling; 2002, Jim Thome; 2003, Jamie Moyer; 2004, Edgar Martinez; 2005, John Smoltz; 2006, Carlos Delgado; 2007, Craig Biggio; 2008, Albert Pujols; 2009, Derek Jeter; 2010, Tim Wakefield; 2011, David Ortiz; 2012, Clayton Kershaw.
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