Hon­or­ing Clay­ton Ker­shaw

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - PARTIES ETC. -

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.

[PHO­TOS BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Clay­ton and Ellen Ker­shaw, Emily Long, Char­lie Price, and Chuck Shirley.

Clay­ton Ker­shaw.

Robert Badell, Carl Ko­vacs, Fer­gu­son Jenk­ins, and Johnny Royal.

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