R.A. Dickey will be awarded the Thurman Munson Award for his charitable works at the annual Thurman Munson Dinner on January 31st at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan . Here are some details about the dinner and write up about the good deeds of R.A. Dickey:
New York Mets standout pitcher R.A. Dickey joins New York Yankees and Mets beloved Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, Yankees star first baseman Mark Teixeira, and newly-inducted Basketball Hall of Famer and former St. John’s and N.B.A. star guard Chris Mullin as the honorees at the 32nd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, January 31, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced today. The gala, which remembers the late, great Yankees catcher and captain, benefits AHRC-New York City Foundation. Berra will receive the Munson Legend Award in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 World Champion Yankees, and Dickey, Teixeira and Mullin will each receive “Thurmans.” For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188.
R. A. Dickey, the right-handed knuckleballer for the New York Mets, has become a mainstay in the starting rotation with his cagey performances in the past two seasons. The veteran hurler is a leader and refreshing presence in the locker room. He has also pitched for the Rangers, Mariners, Twins and Brewers., Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. In recent years, Dickey has since made the transition to becoming a knuckleball pitcher, and is one of just two knuckleballers on active rosters, the other being Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox.
Dickey was an English Literature major at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a 3.35 GPA and was named Academic All-American.
Dickey first signed a minor league contract with the Mets in 2010, was assigned to Buffalo, but joined the big league club in May. He has pitched well ever since. His second start was a 8-0 shutout of the Phillies, going seven innings and striking out seven. He also flirted with a non hitter with against the Phillies later that season, on August 13, throwing a complete game one-hit shutout, the only hit a single by pitcher Cole Hamels. He finished the 2010 season with a very strong ERA of 2.84, which was 7th best in the National League and 10th in all of baseball. In 2011, he continued to flourish with a 3.28 ERA that ranked 12th in the NL while posting career bests with 32 starts, 208.2 innings and 134 strikeouts.
Dickey and his wife Anne have two daughters, Maria Gabriel and Lila Anne, and a son, Van. A born-again Christian, he helps operate the Ocala, Florida-based Honoring the Father Ministries which provides medical supplies, powdered milk and baseball equipment to the impoverished in Latin America.
This January, Dickey will scale Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for the Red Light District Outreach Mumbai, which combats human trafficking in India. He got his inspiration to climb the mountain from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” which he read in eighth grade. Makes numerous appearances at hospitals to cheer up children.