Jack Hannah -- who starred as a player at Visalia High and Fresno State, went on to a pro baseball career, and was a standout coach at Hoover High and a 1998 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame inductee -- is the 2014 winner of the Al Radka Award, given annually as part of the Fresno Grizzlies' Hot Stove Gala.
This year's gala is Feb. 4 at Pardini's Catering and Banquet Hall. San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is the keynote speaker.
"Jack is an exceptional example of someone who has dedicated their energy to enhancing the Valley community," Grizzlies President Chris Cummings said. "His personal accomplishments and the impact he has had with area youth are signature reasons why he was chosen for the 2014 Al Radka Award."
Radka, a longtime Fresno radio and television personality, is credited as creator and host of the Fresno Hot Stove League Dinner from 1948-1979. The award in his name honors a person who gives back to the community through baseball.
Also to be honored are Jack Labosky of Clovis North and Claire Stucker of Bullard as the Gus Zernial Male and Female players of the year in high school baseball and softball. Clovis North baseball is the Team of the Year, and Selma baseball coach John Hollett is the Coach of the Year.
Stucker and Labosky were Bee Spring All-Stars as juniors in 2013, the former as Softball's Outstanding Hitter of the Year and the latter as Baseball Player of the Year.
Labosky, an early signee in November with Duke, hit .437 and was 11-0 with a 0.81 ERA on the mound as the Broncos of the Tri-River Athletic Conference won the Central Section Division I title and finish ranked No. 5 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
Stucker, headed to Mississippi State, led the Knights of the County/Metro Athletic Conference to the Central Section Division I final by hitting .528 with a school single-season record nine home runs. She had an on-base percentage of .653 and slugged 1.000.
Zernial was a former major league slugger who settled in Fresno and became a broadcaster and one of the Grizzlies' biggest advocates.
Hollett's Bears won the section D-IV championship, his second there and the seventh in school history.
Tickets information: Grizzlies Community Fund Manager Whitney Campbell (559) 320-2547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.