Last year, Clayton Kershaw became the youngest National League Cy Young Award winner in more than a quarter-century. The trophy he was just given Sunday at the World Series might even top that. Only 24, the Dodgers' left-hander on Sunday became easily the youngest player to win the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Major League Baseball presented him the award in a news conference before Game 4 of the World Series at Comerica Park, recognizing the player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. That is a considerable accomplishment given Kershaw's age and the average age of past recipients dating back to Willie Mays receiving the first one in 1971. The average age is about 35. The only previous recipients in their 20s were Albert Pujols (2010) and Greg Luzinski (1978) at the age of 27, and Barry Larkin (1993) and Sammy Sosa (1998) at the age of 29. "It is an incredible honor to receive this award," Kershaw said. "Just being associated with someone like Roberto Clemente is truly humbling and I am extremely grateful." The award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who understand the value of helping others. It is named for the Pirates' Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star from Puerto Rico who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Humbled Kershaw youngest Clemente winner
MLB.com | Oct 28