Wakefield wins Roberto Clemente Award

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New York - Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield has been named the 2010 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, bestowed upon the player who combines outstanding play on the field with devoted work in the community.

The 44-year-old knuckleballer has been active with the non-profit "Pitching For Kids" since 2004, an organization which encourages children to participate in special events to learn life skills and to discover the spirit of giving back to the community. He has raised almost $1 million with his fund-raising efforts.

He received the award Thursday, prior to the start of Game 2 of the World Series.

Wakefield also lends a hand to the Space Coast Early Intervention Center in his hometown of Melbourne, Florida, which is a specialized therapeutic pre- school program for children with special needs.

The award was originally called The Commissioner's Award but was renamed in 1973 in honor of Clemente, who was killed in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while helping transport relief supplies to Nicaragua, which had suffered an earthquake on December 23 that killed more than 6,000 people.

Shortstop Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees won the award in 2009.


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