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Teahen tabbed for Hutch Award

Teahen tabbed for Hutch Award

KANSAS CITY -- Mark Teahen has changed cities, but his contributions to Kansas City are continuing to be recognized.

Teahen, traded by the Royals to the Chicago White Sox on Nov. 6, was announced as winner of the 2009 Hutch Award on Monday.

The award is given annually to the Major League player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of the late pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson on and off the field.

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Teahen, an infielder and outfielder in five seasons with the Royals, will receive the award on Jan. 27 at a luncheon in Seattle, where the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is located.

"It's cool because I know it's not only because of the way I've played the game, but because of the things I've been able to do off the field, too," Teahen said. "I've been lucky to have a lot of people in the Kansas City community and family and friends support what we've been able to do."

The award is especially meaningful to him because his mother, Marty, successfully overcame breast cancer this year.

"Like many people these days, my family has been affected by cancer. Thankfully Mom had a successful battle this year," he said, "But I've lost my grandfather to cancer. Like anybody, it hits close to home."

Teahen is the first member of the White Sox to receive the Hutch Award, established in 1965, but Royals who have won are George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986) and Mike Sweeney (2007).

Among other community activities, Teahen has been a spokesman and fundraiser for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program which plans a facility in Kansas City for physically or mentally challenged children. Although he's been traded, Teahen plans to hold his annual Challenger charity event on Jan. 16 at Kansas City's Union Station. For tickets or information for the event, go to www.challengeyourfashion.com.

Hutchinson died at age 45 of cancer and the cancer center was founded by his brother Bill, a Seattle surgeon. The first award winner, in 1965, was Mickey Mantle.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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