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September 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Cal Ripken Jr. to be keynote speaker at Hutch Award luncheon

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Hutch Award luncheon, which will take place Feb. 1 at Safeco Field, it was announced today.

The finalists and 2012 Hutch Award winner will be announced later this fall. The Hutch Award, sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, was established in 1965 to honor Fred Hutchinson, the former major-league pitcher and manager from Seattle who died of cancer the previous year at age 45.

The award is given annually to a major league player “who best exemplifies Fred’s honor, courage and dedications on and off the field.” Last year’s winner was Tim Hudson of the Braves. Past winners include Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, Lou Brock, George Brett, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor and Andre Dawson.

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