Representatives from Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award Committee presented Indians RHP Corey Kluber with this year’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award during pregame on Tuesday at Progressive Field. Kluber becomes the first Indians player to receive the award, which recognizes baseball’s best example of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig’s prowess on the field and giving character off the field.
Corey and his wife Amanda hosted children and their families from the Cleveland Clinic as part of Kluber’s Kids once again in 2019. This player program has impacted over 100 people across nine total experiences at Progressive Field so far this season. Each guest receives a Kluber jersey, six club tickets to an Indians game, six gift cards to the Indians Team Shop and the chance to meet and interact with Corey and Amanda on the field during batting practice. Following each experience, Corey mails a framed photo and handwritten note to the child, thanking them for visiting him that day.
Corey joined forces with his wife Amanda to launch the Kluber Family Foundation in 2018. The foundation hosted its second annual fundraiser, “Curveball for A Cause,” to raise money to support children battling cancer on Monday.
Kluber’s name will be added to the Lou Gehrig Award plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, later this year.