The Phillies’ new manager Gabe Kapler and his slugging leftfielder Rhys Hoskins, will be among the guests at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s 114th annual banquet Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.
After being recalled from the minors last season, Hoskins smacked 18 homers and knocked in 48 runs in just 170 at-bats. He set major-league records for most homers (18) and RBIs (39) through 34 career games, and he will receive a special-achievement award
Another player with ties to the Phillies, Garry Maddox, will be honored with the Living Legend Award. Maddox was known during his years in Philadelphia as “The Secretary of Defense” while roaming center field at Veterans Stadium. During his 12 seasons with the Phillies, Maddox hit .284 and helped them win the World Series in 1980. He won eight straight Gold Gloves from 1975 to 1982, and he won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1986 for his off-the-field humanitarian work.
Among others to be honored Monday: Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (Native Son Award), who starred at Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova; Sixers guard T.J. McConnell (Good Guy); Sixers broadcaster Marc Zumoff of NBC Sports Philadelphia (Bill Campbell Award); Eagles great/Soul owner Ron Jaworski (special achievement); Flyers long-time public-address announcer Lou Nolan (special achievement); Penn football player Justin Watson (top amateur athlete); retiring St. Joseph’s University athletic director Don DiJulia (special achievement); and legendary South Jersey baseball coach Joe Hartmann (Ed Snider Humanitarian Award).
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz recently was named the PSWA’s Pro Athlete of the Year, but he will not be able to attend. The Houston Astros will be honored as Team of the Year for their first World Series title and the help they gave to the East Texas area after Hurricane Harvey. Rich Hofmann, the former long-time Daily News sports columnist, will be honored with the Stan Hochman Award.
The PSWA’s signature award, the Most Courageous Athlete, will be announced near the end of the dinner.