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Mudcats Awards

Willie Duke Award
The Willie Duke award is presented annually to the Carolina Mudcats' player(s) who best symbolizes the spirit and dedication to baseball exhibited by Willie Duke. Known as "Mr. Baseball" for his tireless efforts promoting the game, Willie (1910-1993) was one of the "founding fathers" of the Raleigh Hot Stove League in 1950 and served as its President for many years. Known as "Mr. Baseball" in Raleigh, he was active in helping to organize and develop youth baseball programs such as Little League and American Legion Baseball in the Raleigh area.

Born in Franklin County on July 5, 1910, Willie moved to Raleigh and attended Hugh Morson High School. He played baseball and football at NC State and graduated in 1933. He received his Master's Degree from UNC.

Willie began his professional baseball career in 1934 and, except for an interruption while he served as a commissioned officer in the Navy during World War II, continued for almost 20 years. He never played in the Major Leagues, but he reached Triple-A in 1938 when he played for Minneapolis in the American Association. He batted in the "cleanup" spot behind future Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams. Willie also scouted for several major league teams and managed in the minor leagues. He skippered the Durham club in 1947-48 and 1951.

1992
Bruce Schreiber
1993
Rich Aude
1994
Trey Beamon & Mark Johnson
1995
Jason Kendall
1996
Lou Collier & Blaine Beatty
1997
Tracy Sanders
1998
Emil Brown
1999
Rod Bair
2000
Juan Pierre & Elvis Pena
2001
Mike Murphy

2002

Choo Freeman

2003

Donnie Bridges & Sean Fesh
2004
Josh Willingham
2005
Jeremy Hermida
2006
Paul Mildren
2007
Lee Mitchell
2008
Gaby Sanchez
2009
Chris Heisey & Todd Frazier
2010
Dave Sappelt
2011
Neftali Soto & Denis Phipps
Jake Gatewood
2012
Ronny Rodriguez
2017 Willie Duke Award Winner
2013 Francisco Lindor & Joey Wendle  
2014 Ryan Merritt  
2015 Connor Lien  
2016 Keith Curcio  
2017 Jake Gatewood  

 

 

Ed Hales Award
Awarded annually in recognition of the player(s) who best exemplifies unselfish spirit, dedication and commitment to the community.

1993 Dennis Tafoya  

1994 Mike Brown  
1995

Tony Beasley

 
1996 Tony Beasley & Marcus Hanel
 
1997 Marcus Hanel & Jonathan Sweet
 
1998 Jonathan Sweet  
1999 Bobby Bevel  
2000 Jody Gerut  
2001 Josh Kalinowski  
2002 Ryan Cameron  
2003 Mike Flannery  
2004 Peter Bauer  
2005 Ryan Baker  
2006 Jamie Athas  
2007 Lee Mitchell & Ryan Bear
 
2008 Gaby Sanchez  
2009 Korey Feiner  
2010 Brandon Yarbrough  
2011 Travis Webb  
Cody Ponce
2012 Will Roberts & Michael Goodnight
 
2017 Ed Hales Award Winner
2013 Cody Anderson & Tony Wolters    
2014 Jacob Lee    
2015 Blair Walters    
2016 Sal Giardina    
2017 Cody Ponce