Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has had plenty of on-field success, but now he's being recognized for things he's done away from the stadium. Hurdle was named Thursday as the recipient of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award, a trophy named after the Hall of Fame third baseman.
The award, annually distributed by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, will be bestowed to Hurdle at the 15th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City in November.
The Brooks Robinson Community Service Award is annually given to a current or former big leaguer whose community service work exemplifies the unselfish attitude of its namesake. Robinson has been a big part of the MLBPAA since its inception in 1982, and his tireless effort to bettering the lives of people in his community has become every bit as legendary as his feats on the playing field.
Hurdle, the reigning National League Manager of the Year Award winner, is the national spokesperson for the Prader-Willi Association, an organization that raises awareness for a complex genetic disorder. Hurdle and his wife, Karla, have hosted a fundraising campaign with ROOT Sports and Pirates Charities each season in order to assist the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh's Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome.
The Legends For Youth Dinner was instituted to recognize former big league players for their accomplishments on the field and for their contributions to American life beyond the baseball diamond. Lifetime Achivement Awards will be announced at the November dinner -- which will be held at Capitale in New York City -- and so will the organization's national Heart and Hustle Award winner.
Perhaps most importantly, the Legends For Youth Dinner helps fund several events throughout the year. Legends For Youth is a series of free baseball clinics designed to teach the basic fundamentals of the game and to connect children with role models who have achieved great success in life.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com.