Reporter Kwon Hyeok-joon = Women’s golf legend Annika Sorenstam (Sweden) was the first golfer to receive the ‘Thurman Munson Award’.
The LPGA Tour announced on the 9th (Korean time) that Sorenstam won the award at the 43rd Thurman Munson Awards.
The Thurman Munson Award is given to sports stars who have contributed on and off the field, and the main criteria for evaluation are community service and efforts to improve sports.
The award was created in memory of New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, who passed away in an unfortunate accident in 1979, and raised more than $19 million for children with developmental disabilities until last year. 메이저사이트
Previous recipients of the Thurman Munson Award include baseball players such as Yogi Berra, Mariano Rivera, coach Joe Torre, Jorge Posada and Mike Piazza, NBA players such as Willis Reed, Patrick Ewing and Julius Irving, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. etc.
This is the first time a golfer has won this award. This year, along with Sorenstam, New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, Brandon Nemo (Mets), and Kyle Higashioka (New York Yankees) were selected as recipients.
“It’s special for a female golfer to receive an award in the name of a baseball player along with others in baseball,” said Sorenstam. “It’s an honor for her to be recognized for her efforts to improve the sport.”
“I’m from Sweden and I honestly don’t know much about baseball history, but I know about Thurman Munson and his legacy,” he added. “My husband also played college baseball in Ohio and every time I practice, he wears a baseball glove and helps.