Josh Willingham named award nominee
Outfielder Josh Willingham was named the Washington Nationals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented annually to the big league player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding on-field performance. Wednesday marks the ninth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which Major League Baseball created to honor the Hall of Famer's legacy and to recognize nominees for the award among the 30 clubs.
Since joining the Nationals in 2009, Willingham, who is out for the season after surgery on his left knee on Aug. 25, has devoted a significant amount of time to the foundation he founded with his wife Ginger that same year. The Josh Willingham Foundation is committed to providing life-changing opportunities for underprivileged children in communities in which the Willinghams have lived and focuses on their hometown of Florence, Ala.
Clemente was a 12-time All-Star for Pittsburgh who died in a plane crash in 1972 while attempting to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
September 8, 2010; 12:23 AM ET
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