Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, the American League's rookie of the year and the pride of Millville High, will be honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers' Association as the pro athlete of the year at its 109th annual banquet next month.
The PSWA also announced Thursday it will honor Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, Eagles offensive tackle Todd Herremans, ex-76ers forward Bobby Jones, and Larry Bowa, a former player, coach, and manager with the Phillies.
The banquet will be held Jan. 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Trout, 21, a sensational defensive player, hit .326 with 30 homers, 129 runs, and 49 steals. He became the first player in major-league history with at least 30 homers, 125 runs, and 45 stolen bases in a season.
Hamels and his wife, Heidi, were selected as humanitarians of the year, while Bowa was named the winner of the Living Legend award. Jones will represent the 76ers as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1983 NBA championship, and Herremans will receive the association's Good Guy award.
The PSWA had previously announced that Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his humanitarian work, and that Elena Della Donne, women's basketball star from the University of Delaware, was named the outstanding amateur athlete.
For ticket information, go to PSWAdinner.com.
- Sam Carchidi