Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards


We're honored to announce, Sandy Alomar Jr., as our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient presented by Cuyahoga Community College! Watch his full video below.

Sandy Alomar Jr., former Cleveland Indians catcher and current first base coach, received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cuyahoga Community College during the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and Huntington Bank on Feb. 6, 2019.

Alomar spent 11 seasons catching with the Indians from 1999-2000. He was a six-time All-Star selection and became the 33rd player to be inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2009. During his tenure with the Tribe, he hit .277 with 194 doubles, 92 home runs and 453 RBIs in 985 games. Alomar's 950 games caught are the third-highest in the history of the Indians organization. 

As one of the most popular players in club history, Alomar was the field leader behind the plate as his team won five American League Central Division titles and two American League Pennants from 1995-1999. 

Called up from the minors with the San Diego Padres in 1989, Alomar was traded to the Indians club in 1990. In his rookie year, Alomar was named American League Rookie of the Year and received the Rawlings Glove Award. 

In 1997, Alomar produced his best season. With the Tribe earning a World Series spot, he hit .324 with 37 doubles, 21 home runs and 83 RBIs in 125 games, earning All-Star Game MVP honors and finished 14th overall in the American League MVP voting. 

After leaving Cleveland in 2000, Alomar was involved with five different clubs before completing his 20th Major League season in 2007. 

Now in his ninth season on the Indians coaching staff, Alomar spent eight of those season as the team's First Base coach while also serving as the Bench Coach in 2012-13. Additionally, he served as interim manager for the final six games of the 2012 season and mentors Indians players in his former catcher position. 

Off the diamond, Alomar is an avid cyclist and extremely supportive of Cleveland Clinic's VeloSano, a year-round, community-driven fundraising initiative to support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Alomar designed the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team jersey in addition to participating in the 2016-17 rides.

For more information on Sandy Alomar Jr., please click here.  

Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has dedicated their life to the advancement of sports in Cleveland. Recipients have ranged from former Cleveland Indian’s, Cleveland Brown’s, and Cleveland Cavalier's players to High School Football coaches. 


Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients include:

2002 – Jim Brown, former running back, Cleveland Browns
2003 – Mark H. McCormack, Founder, International Management Group (IMG)
2004 – Bob Feller, former pitcher, Cleveland Indians
2005 – Richard Jacobs, former owner, Cleveland Indians
2006 – Herb Score, former pitcher & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2007 – Joe Tait, former broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 – Chuck Kyle, Head Football Coach, St. Ignatius High School
2009 – Bob Kain, former CEO, IMG
2010 – Dr. John A. Bergfield. M.D., Sr. Orthopedic Surgeon & physician, Cleveland Clinic
2011 – Reggie Rucker, former wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
2012 – Austin Carr, former guard & current broadcaster, Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 – Bernie Kosar, former quarterback, Cleveland Browns
2014 – Tom Hamilton, sportscaster & announcer, Cleveland Indians
2015 – Jim Donovan, radio & TV personality, Cleveland Browns
2016 – Mike Hargrove, former first baseman, Cleveland Indians
2017 - Zydrunas Ilgauskas, former center, Cleveland Cavaliers

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