Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves was named Monday as the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball both on and off the field.
Consideration is given to sportsmanship, community involvement and an individual's contribution to his team and to baseball."I'm constantly amazed the power a baseball player has," Murphy said. "Just a handshake or an autograph can make a difference."
The award was announced as part of the All-Star game news conference.
Murphy, a four-time nominee, is actively involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Society and serves as a member of the national board of the Huntington's Disease Society and has been a spokesman for the Georgia March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, the Georgia PTA and the Arthritis Foundation.
"I am honored to receive an award of this kind," Murphy said. "That it is in the name of Roberto Clemente means a great deal to me."
Clemente, a member of the Hall of Fame, was killed in a plane crash while on a flight to help earthquake victims in Central America on Dec. 31, 1972.
Murphy is in his 13th season with the Braves and won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1982 and 1983.