Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros, Mark Messier of the New York Rangers and Charlotte Smith of the North Carolina women's basketball team each won two ESPY Awards Monday night on ESPN.
The two top ESPY Awards went to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young as male athlete of the year and Olympic gold-medal winning speed skater Bonnie Blair as female athlete of the year.Televised live from Radio City Music Hall, the ESPY's were given out for the third year. Part of the proceeds goes to The V Foundation for cancer research, established in memory of the late Jim Valvano.
Thirty-three awards were given, including 17 performer of the year awards, seven so-called cross-cutter awards, and nine video awards decided by ESPN viewers.
Bagwell was honored as baseball player of the year and breakthrough athlete of the year.
George Seifert of the 49ers was named coach of the year. Repeat winners from 1994 were Nick Price, golfer of the year, and Pete Sampras, tennis player of the year.
Most outrageous play of the year went to the half-court shot by Corie Clouse of Cincinnati for a one-year scholarship at Midnight Madness. Comeback player of the year was Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins.