Clayton Kershaw became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award on Thursday, selected from a pool that included one nominee from all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
Kershaw was chosen for the annual humanitarian award during a press conference at the Denver Athletic Club. The 25-year-old pitcher will be inducted as the 22nd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Denver.
Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors “individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people.” Each team is asked to nominate one player each year for the award.
Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles.
Monday is the actual 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947. It’s also Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, when every player on every team will wear Robinson’s retired 42 on his back.
The list of local Robinson-related events this weekend is so long, the Dodgers issued a 1,338-word press release today to list them all. Here are the highlights: