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11th Annual Golden Spirit Award: Michihiro Ogasawara

by on Nov.17, 2009 @ 1:05 pm, under NPB

Michihiro Ogasawara was awarded with the 11th Annual Golden Spirit award on Monday.  Ogasawara has been donating money to a social welfare organization in Ichikawa Prefecture since his days with the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He has also been volunteering his free time by visiting children at various hospitals.

The Golden Spirit Award is essentially the Japanese version of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Here's a list of the previous 10 winners:

Year Player Team
1999 Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants
2000 Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
2001 Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
2002 Tetsuya Iida Yakult Swallows
2003 Kazuki Inoue Chunichi Dragons
2004 Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers
2005 Bobby Valentine Chiba Lotte Marines
2006 Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks
2007 Daisuke Miura Yokohama Bay Stars
2008 Hisashi Iwakuma Rakuten Eagles