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J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

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What is the the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and who was its first winner?

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The the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an award given annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community. The award is named after the second commissioner of the NBA. The award was first given during the 1974/1975 season and the first individual to win the award was Wes Unseld of Washington.

Adams Award First Winner

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What is the Adams Award and who was the first individual to win it?

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The Adams Award is named after Jack Adams who was a Hockey Hall of Fame player for Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. He was also a coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. The award is given to the NHL’s coach of the year.

The Adams Award was first awarded in the 1973/1974 season. The first recipient was Fred Shero of the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the only time that he won the award.

Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the Same Year

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To date, who is the only major league baseball player to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award in the same year?

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In 1981, pitcher Fernando Valenzuela won both the National League Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award. To date, he is the only major league baseball player to win both in the same year.

All-NBA Team 3rd Team Award

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Since the inception of the NBA in 1946, the league has had an annual All-NBA Team honor bestowed on the best players in the NBA at the end of every season. In the beginning, the All-NBA Team consisted of 2 teams, a 1st and a 2nd team. In what year did the league add an All-NBA Team 3rd Team?

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The All-NBA Team 3rd team was added in 1988 and awarded at the end of the 1988/89 season. Players who made the 3rd team that year were Dominique Wilkins of Atlanta, Terry Cummings of Milwaukee, Robert Parish of Boston, Dale Ellis of Seattle, and Mark Price of Cleveland.

Catcher with Most Gold Glove Awards

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What major league catcher holds the record for the most Gold Glove awards?

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Ivan Rodríguez is the catcher with the most Gold Glove awards. He has 13, 10 with the Texas Rangers (1992 – 2001) and 3 with the Detroit Tigers (2004, 2006, 2007).

Pete Rose MVP

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In what year or years did Pete Rose win the National League MVP award?

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Pete Rose won the National League MVP award in 1973. It was the only regular season MVP award of his career.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

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What is the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy?

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The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, previously simply called the Lady Byng Trophy, is a hockey trophy awarded to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”. It was first awarded to Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators for the 1924/25 season.

First to Win the Art Ross Trophy

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What is the Art Ross Trophy and who was the first player to win it?

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The Art Ross Trophy is a National Hockey League (NHL) trophy awarded to the player who leads the NHL in scoring points. The trophy was donated to the NHL in 1947 by Arthur Howie Ross, a former player, coach, and general manager. The first player to win the Art Ross Trophy for the 1947/1948 season was Elmer Lach of the Montreal Canadians.

First Year of the Hank Aaron Award

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In what year was MLB’s Hank Aaron Award first awarded and who were its first recipients?

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The Hank Aaron Award is awarded to the best hitter in the American League and the National League. It is voted upon by a combination of baseball television play-by-play broadcasters and color analysts (70%) and fans (30%). 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place votes are weighted differently and the player with the most points wins. The award was instituted in 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. In that year the first winners were:

  • American League – Manny Ramirez with the Cleveland Indians
  • National League – Sammy Sosa with the Chicago Cubs

First Roberto Clemente Award

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When was the Roberto Clemente Award first awarded and who was the first winner of the award?

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Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award “is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others.” Each team nominates a team member for the award. The winner is selected from the 30 team nominees during the World Series. The Roberto Clemente award was first given in 1971 to Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants.