Join us for an inspiring evening honoring Jon Lester of the World Champion Chicago Cubs as the 2016 winner of the Warren Spahn Award. We will also honor top high school baseball and softball coaches and players through the Ferguson Jenkins and Michele Smith Awards.
The Warren Spahn Awards Gala is a time to remember the accomplishments of two great men and one woman and to celebrate the accomplishments of professional athletes and student athletes and coaches. The Gala is centered on the accomplishments of Warren Spahn. 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 has become a premier event in the State of Oklahoma. In fact, 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 Jim Thorpe Association, two charitable organizations that support causes that benefiting underprivileged children and individuals.
For the first nine years, the Gala was hosted at the beautiful Masonic Temple in Guthrie, OK. 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 Gala and the merger of the Sports Hall of Fame with the Jim Thorpe Association.