Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

Tokyo American Club to Honor Bobby Valentine

Tokyo American Club will award baseball team manager Bobby Valentine its Sports Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, March 21. The American, who in 2005 became the first foreigner to lead a team to the championship of Japanese baseball, will receive the award and be available for photos at 7 p.m. in the Club’s fourth floor Ballroom.

Mr Valentine skippered the Chiba Lotte Marines to a thrilling playoff series win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the Pacific League and then a 4-0 sweep of the powerful Hanshin Tigers in the final of the Japan Series. So-called “Bobby magic” had helped Lotte take Japan’s top baseball prize for the first time since 1974. The former major leaguer and manager of the New York Mets is the first man to oversee squads in both the Nippon Series and the Major League Baseball World Series. He’s also the only man to lead the Marines to winning seasons in the last 20 years (1995, 2004, 2005).

Mr Valentine has already won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award, presented annually to a player or manager who makes a significant contribution to Japanese baseball. He called it one of the greatest honors of his life. He has been recognized in Japan and the United States for his extensive charitable work. The Stamford, Connecticut native has signed on to manage the Marines through 2009.

Tokyo American Club has been presenting sports awards since 1990, honoring men and women for their contributions to sporting pursuits in Japan. Previous recipients include baseball sensation Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners, speed skater Hiroyasu Shimizu, golfer Akiko Fukushima and sumo wrestler Musashimaru.

Founded in 1928, Tokyo American Club is a private members club with more than 10,000 members from more than 50 countries. Aside from providing extensive dining, banqueting and recreation facilities to its members, the Club promotes intercultural exchange between Japanese and non-Japanese people through a variety of events and projects.

For further details, please contact Tokyo American Club Marketing Director Rupa Graham at 03-3224-3256 or e-mail rupa.graham@tac-club.org.

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