If you haven’t yet voted for Felix Hernandez as the “Professional Sports Athlete of the Year” in Seattle, you only have about a week remaining.
Thanks to the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Children’s Hospital, a 75-year Emerald City tradition — the Sports Star of the Year Banquet continues. Originally created by Sports Editor Royal Brougham and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1935, the PI Sports Star of the Year award banquet celebrated the achievements of local athletes, coaches and others in the sports industry.
The printed version of the P-I went out of business last March, but on January 19 the Sports Star of the Year awards will celebrate its 75th anniversary on the big stage at Benaroya Hall. Recreated as a high-energy awards show, this event will continue to honor top local professional and amateur sports icons, and bring in new awards for an inspirational youth, best sports media figures, sports executives, and many others.
The Mariners have had their share of award winners at the P-Isannual bash held in January — including Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki, J.J. Putz and Alex Rodriguez — and Hernandez just might be next.
Felix established career highs in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and ERA in 2009 and contended for the AL Cy Young Award.
Griffey’s return to his baseball roots included a game-tying, pinch-hit home run against the Diamondbcks, which is one of the contenders for FSN/Direct TV Play of the Year. The 1995 Mariners are up for an award honoring the best Seattle Sports Moments over the past 75 years. In addition, GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Don Wakamatsu will attend the event and recognized for “non-voting” categories.
Go to http://ww.seattlesports.org/site446.php to vote, purchase tickets and get more information.
— Jim Street