Swisher to receive 2011 Thurman Munson Award

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Nick Swisher will be honored next month at the 31st annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner. The Yankee right fielder will receive a Munson Award in recognition for his on-field contributions to the team and his off-field charity work.

The dinner, hosted by AHRC-New York City Foundation, an organization that raises money for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place on Feb. 1, and Diana Munson, the late Yankee captain’s wife, praised Swisher.

“I love the way he plays, I love his enthusiasm,” said Diana Munson of Swisher. “Most importantly, he respects the history of baseball and the Yankees. On Old Timers Day, he was out there getting autographs and taking pictures. He’s not embarrassed by his love of the game, and respects the players. Plus, he’s cute.”

Swisher is coming off a season in which he hit .288/.359/.511 with 29 home runs and 89 RBI, and he has become a fan favorite out in right field. Off the field, he leads the Nick Swisher Foundation and its Swish’s Wishes program which helps lift the spirits of children suffering through life-threatening illnesses. He has also served as a co-Ambassador to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Lee Denim Day in their efforts to raise money for breast cancer research. The Munson Award is a well-deserved one for a Yankee who is very giving of his time and energy.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

    Congrats Swish

  • CBean

    Well-deserved, indeed. Congrats Swish!

  • Betty Lizard

    This is good news indeed. Hooray for Swisher for such a great award–and well-deserved it is–and for being such a joy to watch.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals


    Dude is a BLAST to watch a great addition to the team. I hope he has a great year–I love watching him play/celebrate/win/lose.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    It’s tough not to like his enthusiasm, as it seems genuine.

    Congrats, Swish.

  • Rams Bladder Cup

    In case you were wondering as I was, from lohud:

    “The list of notable athletes to previously receive the Munson Award reads like a sports “Who’s Who,” and includes: Yankees – Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Robby Cano, Bernie Williams, Bobby Murcer, Joe Torre and Joe Girardi; Mets – Tom Seaver, John Franco, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub and Gary Carter; Basketball – Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Jason Kidd, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Allan Houston and John Starks; Olympians – Donna de Varona (swimming), Dorothy Hamill (figure-skating), Paul Hamm (gymnast), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Nancy Kerrigan (figure skating), Carl Lewis (track and field), Carly Patterson (gymnast), and Dwight Stones (men’s high jump).”

    h/t lohud

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals


      Great job NICK SWISHER!!!

  • Kiko Jones

    I believe Mrs. Munson also likes the fact that Nick is a native Ohioan…Very few people have been that quickly embraced in The Bronx like Swisher, and that love for the game is a big deal. To see him dance in the dugout with Melky and Cano after back-to-back Damon-Tex HRs during the ’09 Boston Massacre, as well as being at YS the night he hit the walk-off HR vs Tampa Bay, will always be among my fondest memories of that season.

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    As it has been asked before: is there anyone who loves being a Yankee more than NIck Swisher?

    • Kiko Jones

      Recently on Yankees on Deck or Yankee Magazine there was a young girl who wanted to meet her fave Yankee—A-Rod—and asked to meet Swisher as well. Her dad actually asked him why he always had that great demeanor, and with his customary grin Swish responded something to the effect of “Why wouldn’t I? I get paid to play baseball and with the Yankees.”

  • LadyT

    I love this man! Congratulations Nick, you deserve it!

  • Mykey

    I assume this award is for greatest facial hair? I’m not sure Swish deserves it then.

  • Frank Giambrone (cheech)

    Congrats Swish,what an honor to be named for this award,named in the Same breath as Thurman Munson a True Yankee………..