Former St. Mary’s Gaels Star Will Be Honored Next Month
Seattle, WA - Former Saint Mary’s baseball player Mark Teahen has won the 2009 Hutch Award, as announced by The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Monday. Teahen will receive the award on January 27, 2010 in Seattle for his efforts on and off the field.
The Hutch Award is given to the Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of former major league pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964 at the age of 45. While in Kansas City, Teahen was a spokesman and fundraiser for a program that gave children with physical or mental challenges the chance to play baseball.
Teahen, who played at Saint Mary’s from 2000-02 and holds the SMC career batting average record of .386, recently completed his fifth season with the Kansas City Royals in 2009. In his five seasons with the Royals, Teahen posted a .269 batting average with 59 homeruns and 293 runs batted in. Following the 2009 season, Teahen was traded to the Chicago White Sox in November.
Teahen will return to Moraga on January 30, where he will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Saint Mary’s Baseball Meet The Player’s banquet. The banquet will be held at the Soda Center on the Saint Mary’s campus and will begin at 5 p.m.