Mark Teahen, who played six seasons for the Kansas City Royals before being traded last month to the Chicago White Sox, was named the 2009 recipient of the Hutch Award, given by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, on Nov. 30. The annual award goes to to the player who "best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication" of Seattle baseball legend Fred Hutchinson, who died of cancer in 1964 at age 45.

Teahen, who played at Saint Mary's from 2000-02 and holds the SMC career batting average record of .386, Teahen was a spokesman and fundraiser for a program in Kansas City that gave children with physical or mental challenges the chance to play baseball.

Teahen will receive the award in Seattle on Jan. 27. On Feb. 13, 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 campus and will begin at 5 p.m.

Read the SMCGaels.com story.

Read the Hutchinson Center release.

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