Honoring Clayton Kershaw
Gala: The 19th annual Warren Spahn Awards Gala honoring Clayton Kershaw, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the top lefthanded pitcher in the National League, was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. This is the fourth time that Kershaw has received the magnificent bronze Warren Spahn trophy sculpted by artist Shan Gray. (For baseball lovers, his on-field statistics, for which he won the award, during the season included 18 wins, 202 strikeouts and an ERA of .231. He is also a three-time Cy Young Award winner.) At the Gala, Kershaw and his lovely wife Ellen were so gracious to all of the star-struck baseball fans.
Fanfare: The event, presented by the Bricktown Rotary Club and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, followed a news conference and a VIP reception. Dodger blue, white and red were used in table flower bouquets and the evening ended with a rousing rendition of the guests singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Co-chairmen were Chuck Shirley and Brittany Leemaster. Bob Carpenter, announcer for the Washington Nationals, was the emcee.
Ferguson Jenkins Award: Kershaw spent time with the other outstanding award winners during the night. They included top high school students. Five baseball players and a baseball coach were given the Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding student athlete award. They included Carson Orton, Heritage Hall; Ryan Gendron, Bishop Kelley; Tyler Polk, Duncan; Javier Ramos, Vian; Braxton Bohrofen, Westmoore; and Coach Joe Patterson, Westmoore.
Michele Smith Award: Five outstanding Oklahoma high school softball players were also honored, along with a softball coach. They were Mary Collins, Broken Bow; Cheyenne Factor, Yukon; Makayla Jackson, Putnam City, Zoe Jones, Mustang, Audrie LaValley, Carl Albert, and Coach Jaime Roberts, Mustang. These high school awards are presented by the Oklahoma City Public School Resource Center.
Bob Carpenter, and Greg and LuAnn Spahn.
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw, Emily Long, Charlie Price, and Chuck Shirley.
Robert Badell, Carl Kovacs, Ferguson Jenkins, and Johnny Royal.