Presented to the most outstanding left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
WARREN SPAHN AWARD
The winningest left-handed pitcher of all time, and possibly the best as well, Warren Spahn was a complete player who helped himself at bat and in the field. He was the mainstay of the Braves' pitching staff for two decades. Spahn won 20 games, a Major League record-tying 13 times, pitched two no-hitters, and led the National League in strikeouts for four consecutive years. He had a deceptive pickoff move to first base, and teammate Johnny Sain called him "one of the smartest men ever to play the game." Warren Spahn is considered the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time in the Major Leagues and the Warren Spahn Award is given to the outstanding Left-Handed Pitcher from the previous season.
The Warren Spahn Awards Gala is a time to remember the accomplishments of three great athletes and to celebrate the accomplishments of professional athletes and student athletes and coaches. The Gala is centered on the accomplishments of Warren Spahn, as well as, Michelle Smith and Ferguson Jenkins.
For the first nine years, the Gala was hosted at the beautiful Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma. In 2008, the Warren Spahn Awards Gala moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. The Gala was moved in connection with the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame partnering with the Bricktown Rotary Club to be the presenting sponsor of the Warren Spahn Award.
After two years in Oklahoma City, the Warren Spahn Awards Gala has become a premier event in the State of Oklahoma. The Gala is the only event in Oklahoma in which a major league athlete is honored for their accomplishments on the playing field. The Gala raises funds for the Bricktown Rotary Club and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, which are two charitable organizations that support many outstanding causes that benefit underprivileged children, student athletes, and surrounding communities.