Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the 2013 Warren Spahn Award winner, presented annually to baseball's best left-handed pitcher.
Kershaw will receive his second Spahn Award Jan. 28 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Association. Kershaw also won the award, based on a pitcher's wins, strikeouts and earned run average, in 2011.
Kershaw, who will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals, was 16-9 with 232 strikeouts and a 1.83 earned run average this season.
The Spahn Award, presented by Oklahoma City's Bricktown Rotary Club, is named after Oklahoman and National Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who holds the Major League Baseball record of 363 wins as a left-handed pitcher.
"It is such an honor to represent Warren Spahn and his many accomplishments on the mound," Kershaw said in a statement. "Thank you to the Bricktown Rotary Club for awarding me this prestigious honor. I'm ever so grateful for your ongoing support. Lord willing, I look forward to being a good steward of all this award embodies."
Kershaw is the first pitcher since Greg Maddux (1993-1995) to lead the major leagues in ERA for three consecutive seasons. His 2013 honors include the Roy Campanella Award, an honor bestowed by Dodgers players and coaches for "most inspirational Dodger."
Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011. With the goal of transforming the lives of children in America and Africa, the organization provides a home to orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia. In 2012, Kershaw's Challenge expanded to serve at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Dallas. For every strikeout, Kershaw donates $500 to the foundation.