Shane Victorino

Shane Patrick Victorino (born November 30, 1980), nicknamed "The Flyin' Hawaiian", is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was primarily a switch-hitter until the 2013 season, when discomfort from various hamstring, back, and knee problems forced him to become an exclusively right-handed batter.

Victorino made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2003. He played for the Phillies from 2005 through 2012. With the Phillies, Victorino won three Gold Glove Awards, was named to two MLB All-Star Games, and was a member of the 2008 World Series champions. With the Red Sox, Victorino won a Gold Glove Award and was a member of the 2013 World Series champions. He also won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 2008 and the Branch Rickey Award in 2011. On July 27, 2015 Victorino was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels.[1]

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Shane Victorino with the Philadelphia Phillies
Born: November 30, 1980 (age 38)
Wailuku, Hawaii
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 2, 2003, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2015, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
Batting average.275
Home runs108
Runs batted in489
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Victorino was the youngest son born to Mike, Sr. and Joycelyn Victorino in Hawaii. When Victorino was very young he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.[2]

Victorino played baseball, soccer, basketball and football in his youth and ran track. As a senior at St. Anthony High School in Wailuku, he won state championships in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. His 100-meter time set a state record.[2] On the football field, he was a placekicker and slotback for head coach Charley Ane.[2][3]

Victorino signed a letter of intent to play college baseball for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors prior to the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. After he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round, June Jones also offered Victorino a scholarship to play for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team. He signed instead with Dodgers on June 8, 1999.[3]


Los Angeles Dodgers

He spent the 1999 through 2002 seasons in the Dodgers minor league system, reaching Double-A with the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League in 2002.

San Diego Padres

Victorino was selected in the 2002 Rule 5 draft by the San Diego Padres and made his Major League debut for the Padres on April 2, 2003 as a late inning defensive replacement against the San Francisco Giants. He recorded his first at-bat the following day against the Dodgers, grounding out to third base. He did not record his first hit until April 20, when he singled to right field off Shawn Chacón of the Colorado Rockies. He played in 36 games for the Padres with a .151 batting average. On May 28 he was returned by the Padres to the Dodgers.

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Victorino running the bases for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies

Minor Leagues

After playing two more seasons in the Dodgers farm system, with Jacksonville and the Las Vegas 51s of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Victorino was again selected in the Rule 5 draft, on December 13, 2004, by the Philadelphia Phillies. He again failed to stay with the major league club, and was offered back to the Dodgers. The Dodgers declined, so the Phillies retained his contract and assigned him to their Triple-A minor league club, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the International League.[4] He hit .310 in 126 games with the Red Barons, with 18 home runs and 70 RBI, earning International League All-Star and Most Valuable Player honors. Additionally, he was selected as a Baseball America second team Minor League All-Star, a Triple-A All-Star and Phillies Minor League Player of the Year.


Victorino received a September call-up to the Phillies and hit his first home run on September 22 off Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves.


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Shane Victorino during the 2008 World Series parade, giving the shaka sign

Victorino became a starting player when he replaced Bobby Abreu midway through the 2006 season,[5] in right field.


Victorino replaced Aaron Rowand, who left by free agency, in center field in 2008. He was a right fielder in 2007.[6]

On June 3, 2007 the Phillies celebrated "Shane Victorino Day" with Victorino hula figurines, and flew his father in from Maui for the game. Victorino ended the day's game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against the Giants.[7]

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Shane Victorino on the basepaths during a 2011 game vs the Pittsburgh Pirates.


In the 2008 NLDS Game 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Victorino hit a grand slam (his first ever in the major leagues, and the Phillies' first post-season grand slam) off CC Sabathia in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Victorino also became the first player in post-season history to have a home run, a double, and two steals in a single game.[8] In 2008, Victorino received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.[9][10]

Victorino's success carried over into the 2008 NLCS, as he continued to make crucial hits and defensive plays for the Phillies. In Game 2 he was 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs. After the game, Victorino was informed that his grandmother had died. Game 3 saw Victorino in the midst of controversy. After being brushed back by Hiroki Kuroda, Victorino began to gesture towards the non-English-speaking pitcher that it was alright that he throw inside, just as long as he did not do so at his head. After grounding out to second, he continued to gesture at Kuroda and benches from both teams cleared. Victorino quickly became the villain for Dodger fans and was booed each time he came up to bat. After the game, Victorino was fined $2,500 by the league for his part in the incident.[11] Victorino was quick to silence the crowd during Game 4 when he hit a game-tying two run home run. In their first trip to the fall classic since 1993, the Phillies went on to win the 2008 World Series by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.


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Victorino at Bright House Field.

On July 9, 2009 Victorino won the All-Star Game Final Vote with a record breaking 15.6 million votes, and was named the 33rd member of the National League's 2009 All-Star team.[12] He was the first Hawaiian-born positional player to be named to an All-Star team. On August 12, in a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Victorino was hit with a full cup of beer while making a catch. A complaint was filed with the Chicago police by Victorino and the Cubs,[13] and the fan was charged with two misdemeanor counts.[14] For the 2009 season, Victorino's 13 triples led the majors,[15] and he won his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the outfield. After the season, the Phillies and Victorino agreed to a three-year contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration and buying out his first year of free agency.[16]


In the first inning of the clinching Game 3 of the 2010 NL division series against Cincinnati, Victorino made a superb running-and-reaching catch of a line drive in the alley. Without that catch, the game would have been tied, 1–1, with the hitter now on second and a possible big inning for the Reds. Instead, the catch preserved a 1–0 lead.[17] However, in the NLCS, Victorino posted a mere .208 batting average with just two RBIs and six strikeouts against the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. In 2010, he received the Tug McGraw "Good Guy Award" from the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.[18]


In September 2011, Victorino was named the winner of the Branch Rickey Award by the Rotary Club of Denver.[19]


In 2012 with the Phillies, Victorino played in 101 games and hit .261 with 9 homers, 40 RBI and 24 steals.

Second stint with the Dodgers

Remainder of 2012

Victorino was traded back to the Dodgers on July 31, 2012 for Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and a player to be named later, who later turned out to be grandson of Dodgers Hall of Fame Spanish announcer Stefan Jarrín.[20][21] Victorino played in 53 games with the Dodgers, primarily in left field and hit .245 with 2 homers, 15 RBI and 15 steals.

Boston Red Sox

Shane Victorino on June 15, 2013
Victorino with the Red Sox in 2013

On December 13, 2012, Victorino signed a 3-year, $39 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.[22]


On May 12, 2013, Victorino collided with the right field wall and was injured. However, he stayed in the game for 2 more innings. He was placed on the disabled list on May 24 (retroactive to May 21) with a hamstring strain, and re-activated on June 8.

Victorino was named AL Player of the Week for July 28 – August 3.

On October 19, 2013, Victorino hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, over the Green Monster, in game 6 of the ALCS. The grand slam put the Red Sox up 5–2 over the Detroit Tigers, and sent the Red Sox to the World Series. With this, Shane joined Jim Thome as the only other player to have hit two post-season grand slams.

Victorino received the American League Gold Glove Award for his outstanding play in right field. He compiled a 25.0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) and had 264 putouts along with 9 assists.

On Wednesday, October 30, Victorino won his 2nd World Series ring after the Red Sox' victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and in that game he drove in four of the six runs they got that night, three of which were on a bases clearing double off the Green Monster in the third inning.[23]


On April 30, 2014, Victorino and teammate Will Middlebrooks returned from injury to Fenway Park, in a game where the Red Sox won 7-4 against Tampa Bay Rays.[24]

Victorino only played in 30 games in 2014, spending much of the 2014 season on the disabled list. He batted exclusively right-handed in those 30 games. He had season-ending lumbar discectomy back surgery on August 5.[25]


On April 25, 2015, Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring strain.[26]

Los Angeles Angels

On July 27, 2015, Victorino was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, along with $3.8 million in cash considerations, for infielder Josh Rutledge.[27] His combined record with the Red Sox and Angels in 2015 was 71 games played, batting .230, with 7 RBIs and 1 home run. He filed for free agency on November 2, 2015.[28]

Chicago Cubs

Victorino signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs in February 2016. He was released on March 29, but re-signed with the team on a minor league deal the same day.[29] He was released for a second time on May 23 and did not sign with another team.[30]


On July 3, 2018, Victorino formally announced his retirement, and on August 3, he signed a one-day contract with Philadelphia so he could retire as a member of the Phillies.[31][32]

Personal life

Victorino is the son of a Maui County councilman and is an Eagle Scout.[33][34] His father is a former State Representative in Hawaii and the current Supreme Warden for the Knights of Columbus, and Shane is a member.[35]

Victorino is married to the former Melissa Smith. Victorino and Smith wed in November 2009. On March 30, 2007, Smith gave birth to their first child, a daughter, named Kali'a Makenna Victorino. On October 1, 2010, Smith gave birth to their son Kingston Shane. During the off-seasons they live together in Las Vegas.[36]

Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, and English descent.[37][38] His last name is of Portuguese origin. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2011, he explained: "My name is really Victorine, which is Portuguese. My great-, great-grandpa, when he was in the war, they spelled his name with an O at the end instead of an E, and it became Victorino."[18] He is a Sansei or third-generation Japanese American on his mother's side.[39] Former Major League pitcher Kanekoa Texeira is a distant cousin of Victorino.[40]

Shane is a fan of Bob Marley and used the songs "Buffalo Soldier" and "Three Little Birds" as a walk up song for his at bats when he played for the Phillies and Red Sox, respectively. It had become a tradition for Red Sox fans to sing along.[41] When he was traded to the Angels, he retired that walk-up song out of respect for the fans of Boston.[42][43]

Victorino had a brief acting role in an episode of Hawaii Five-0, playing a character called Shaun.[44]

Victorino and his family were on an episode of Tanked where the boys from ATM built them a baseball cap tank by the staircase in their home.

See also


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2008 National League Championship Series

The 2008 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2008 National League playoffs, was a best-of-seven baseball game series. The series matched the NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers against the NL East Champion Philadelphia Phillies, who had home field advantage for this series due to their better regular-season record. The teams split their season series, with the home team sweeping their two four-game series in August.

The Phillies won the series, four games to one.

The series opened on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, with the series being telecast on Fox.

This series marked the first postseason meeting for the Phillies and Dodgers since the 1983 NLCS, which Philadelphia won 3–1 en route to a loss to Baltimore in the World Series. It also marked the first NLCS for both teams since the Division Series was instituted in 1995. Overall, this was the fourth time these two teams had met in the postseason. Prior to the 1983 NLCS, the Dodgers had defeated the Phillies 3–1 in the NLCS during both the 1977 and 1978 post-seasons.

The Phillies would go on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series in five games.

2008 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 season was the 126th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of 92–70, first in the National League East. In the post-season, the Phillies won the World Series; this was the first major sports championship for Philadelphia since the 76ers swept the 1983 NBA Finals. During the season, they were managed by Charlie Manuel.

The Phillies opened the season by posting their first winning April since 2003. They also scored 60 runs over 5 games in late May in a sweep over the Colorado Rockies and accrued a 14–4 record over 18 games entering the month of June. The Phillies' performance declined in late June, but they improved after the All-Star break, going 9–6 immediately following the midseason hiatus. Closer Brad Lidge earned eight saves in those games, and did not blow a save throughout the season and the postseason. Philadelphia traded sweeps with the Los Angeles Dodgers in August and went 13–3 in their last 16 games, taking advantage of a late swoon by the New York Mets for the second year in a row to capture the division crown. The team won its position in the playoffs after its second consecutive East Division title. The Phillies also posted the best road record in the National League, at 44–37.Philadelphia defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series (NLDS), 3–1, and the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), 4–1, to win the National League Pennant and advance to the World Series. In the World Series, the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4–1, to win their first championship in 28 years, ending the Curse of Billy Penn. Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels was named the most valuable player of the NLCS and the World Series.Statistical leaders in batting for the 2008 team included center fielder Shane Victorino (batting average, .293), first baseman Ryan Howard (home runs, 48; runs batted in, 146), and second baseman Chase Utley (runs scored, 113). For their accomplishments, Howard won the Josh Gibson Award for the National League, and Utley won his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Pitching leaders included left-handed starting pitcher Hamels (innings pitched, 227​1⁄3), left-hander starter Jamie Moyer (wins, 16), and right-handed relief pitcher Lidge (saves, 41). Lidge won the DHL Delivery Man of the Year and the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year awards for his performance during the season. Victorino and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also won Gold Glove awards for their play in the field.

2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game was the first All-Star Game held in St. Louis since 1966. This was the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determined home field advantage in the World Series, with the American League winning all seven games up to and including 2009 under this format. After the game, the National League led the series, 40–38–2, but had not won since 1996. Fox televised the contest, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast, joined at the bottom of the 2nd inning by President Barack Obama. Pre-game coverage began at 5 PM US EDT on MLB Network, with ESPN joining in at 7 PM US EDT. Outside the USA, Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) carried MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.

The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans had not materialized by the time of the game and the Cardinals opted to use the site for a softball field and parking lot instead.On April 22, 2009, All-Star balloting began on with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with the prior year, only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2. Final rosters, with the exception of the final vote, were announced on July 5.

Fans voted for up to three players per league to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. For the first time, the batting practice sessions were telecast on the self-owned MLB Network.

By length of time, this was the shortest MLB All-Star game (2:31) since 1988. At one point during the game, the American League retired 18 straight batters, the second most in All-Star game history.

2009 National League Championship Series

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The Phillies won the series, four games to one, advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They were, however, defeated by the New York Yankees, 4–2.

This was the second consecutive NLCS between the Dodgers and Phillies and the fifth overall. The first two meetings were won by the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978, and the third by the Phillies in 1983; none of the three resulted in a World Series Championship by either team. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in five games in 2008 en route to their 2008 World Series title. This match-up is the most frequent in the history of the NLCS (as of 2009) tied with the Pirates vs Reds.

In 2009, the Dodgers won the regular season series, four games to three, outscoring the Phillies 26–25.

The Phillies would go on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games.

2009 National League Division Series

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(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.

The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.

2010 National League Championship Series

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The Giants would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City back in 1958, ending the Curse of Coogan's Bluff.

2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2013 American League Championship Series

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Koji Uehara was the series MVP.

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The Red Sox would go on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, winning their eighth World Series championship.

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Branch Rickey Award

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Eric Bruntlett

Eric Kevin Bruntlett (born March 29, 1978), is an American former professional baseball utility player, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. Bruntlett is perhaps best remembered for executing an unassisted triple play, in 2009.

Bruntlett won a World Series title with the Philadelphia Phillies, in 2008. That October, he was one of the unexpected heroes of the club's World Championship victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In Game 5, after Pat Burrell doubled, Bruntlett pinch ran for him, with the score tied in the seventh inning; he moved to third, as Shane Victorino grounded out, then scored the winning run, on an RBI-single by Pedro Feliz. Bruntlett also played on the Phillies’ 2009 National League (NL) pennant-winning team, as he had previously done, for the Houston Astros’ 2005 NL pennant-winner. In 2010, after becoming a free agent, he spent the season playing for the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Triple-A affiliates of the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees, respectively. Following the season, Bruntlett retired from active play.

Ethan Martin

Ethan Cash Martin (born June 6, 1989) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013 and 2014.

List of Native Hawaiians

This is a list of notable Native Hawaiians.

To be included in this list, the person must have an English Wikipedia article showing they have Native Hawaiian heritage or must have references showing they have Native Hawaiian heritage and are notable.

Isabella Abbott, educator and scientist

Duke Aiona, politician

Eddie Aikau, surfer

Daniel K. Akaka, politician

D. G. Anderson, politician

S. Haunani Apoliona, activist

Bernice Pauahi Bishop, philanthropist

Kealii Blaisdell, traditional Hawaiian entertainer, original traditional Hawaiian song composer, great-grandson of Hawaiian author Joseph

Travis Browne, mixed martial artist

Jeff Chang

Sam Choy, chef, restaurateur, and television personality

Marcus Coloma, actor

Auli'i Cravalho, actress and singer

Ron Darling, former MLB pitcher

William Heath Davis, merchant and trader

Frank De Lima, comedian

William De Los Santos, poet, screenwriter, director

Adriano Directo Emperado, co-founder of Kajukenbo self-defense system

Russell Doane, mixed martial artist

Faith Evans, US marshal

Patricia Ford, model

Brickwood Galuteria, entertainer and party chairman

Sunny Garcia, surfer

Brian Haberlin, comic book artist

Clayton Hee, politician

Kaui Hart Hemmings, author

Don Ho, entertainer

Hoku Ho, singer

Max Holloway, mixed martial artist

Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, musician and kumu hula

Kelly Hu, actress

Curtis Iaukea, politician

John Papa ʻĪʻī, an ali'i, politician and historian

Anuhea Jenkins, musician

Dick Jensen, singer

Maren Jensen, actress

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Olympian and World Ambassador of Surfing

Natasha Kai, professional soccer player

Charles Kalani, Jr., professional athlete

Montgomery Kaluhiokalani, surfer

Samuel Kamakau, historian

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, musician, entertainer, and activist

Kamehameha the Great, first king of Hawaii

George Kanahele, author of books about native Hawaiians

Jason Kapono, NBA forward

Gilbert Lani Kauhi, often credited as Zulu, actor

Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, descendant of aliʻi

Prince Quentin Kawananakoa, heir presumptive throne of Hawaii, lawyer, politician

Mary Kaye, musician and singer

James Kealoha, politician

Charles Kekumano, Roman Catholic priest and first papal chamberlain of native Hawaiian ancestry

Esther Kia'aina, politician

Al Kikume, actor and stuntman

Samuel Wilder King, politician

Helio Koaʻeloa, missionary and candidate for sainthood

Jesse Kuhaulua, sumo wrestler

Kūkahi, musician

Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe 1997

Eric Lee, musician

Steve Leialoha, comic book artist

Liliʻuokalani, last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

Agnes Lum, gravure idol, bikini model, actress and singer

Harry Maitey, first Hawaiian in Prussia

David Malo, historian

Jarah Mariano, model

Kevin Mawae, former president of the NFL Players Association

Maxine, model and professional wrestler

Michelle Maylene, adult film actress and model

Yancy Medeiros, mixed martial artist

Janet Mock, trans women's rights activist

Jason Momoa, actor

Leilani Munter, American race car driver and environmental activist

Don Muraco, professional wrestler

Kellye Nakahara, actress

Joseph Nawahi, politician and artist

Ruban Nielson, musician

Karl James Noons, mixed martial artist

Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes, musician and former Oakland Raiderette

David Nuuhiwa, surfer

Danny Ongais, race car driver

Dennis Pavao, Hawaiian Falsetto Singer and Musician

B. J. Penn, mixed martial artist

Herbert K. Pililaau, Medal of Honor recipient

Mary Kawena Pukui, scholar and educator

Keanu Reeves, actor

Rap Reiplinger, comedian

William S. Richardson, jurist

Marlene Sai, singer and actress

Nicole Scherzinger, singer

Ray Schoenke, former NFL player

Wini Shaw, actress

Micah Solusod, voice actor

Shannyn Sossamon, actress

David Strathairn, actor

Napua Stevens, entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author

Akebono, sumo wrestler

Freddie Tavares, helped design the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender products, steel guitarist

Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian navigator, Trustee for Kamehameha Schools

Kiana Tom, fitness trainer

Logan Tom, Olympic volleyball player

Haunani-Kay Trask, activist

Mililani Trask, activist

Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! at the Disco

Shane Victorino, professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox

Kimo von Oelhoffen, former NFL player

John D. Waihee III, politician

Charlie Wedemeyer, athlete and author

Herman Wedemeyer, actor, football player, and politician

Robert William Wilcox, delegate to Congress

Jerome Williams, baseball player

Kailee Wong, professional football player

Kirby Wright, novelist and poet

Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it. The award was created by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in honor of Gehrig, who was a member of the fraternity at Columbia University. It was first presented in 1955, fourteen years after Gehrig's death. The award's purpose is to recognize a player's exemplary contributions in "both his community and philanthropy." The bestowal of the award is overseen by the headquarters of the Phi Delta Theta in Oxford, Ohio, and the name of each winner is inscribed onto the Lou Gehrig Award plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. It is the only MLB award conferred by a fraternity.Twenty-four winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The inaugural winner was Alvin Dark. Curt Schilling (1995) and Shane Victorino (2008) received the award for working with the ALS Association and raising money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease took Gehrig's life and is eponymously known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". Mike Timlin won the award in 2007 for his efforts in raising awareness and finding a cure for ALS, which took his mother's life in 2002.Winners of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award have undertaken a variety of different causes. Many winners, including Rick Sutcliffe, Barry Larkin, Mark McGwire, Todd Stottlemyre and Derek Jeter, worked with children in need. Jeter assisted children and teenagers in avoiding drug and alcohol addiction through his Turn 2 Foundation, while Sutcliffe visited disabled children in hospitals and bestowed college scholarships to underprivileged juveniles through his foundation. Other winners devoted their work to aiding individuals who had a specific illness, such as Albert Pujols, whose daughter suffers from Down syndrome, and who devoted the Pujols Family Foundation to helping those with the disorder, and Ryan Zimmerman, who established the ziMS Foundation to raise money for multiple sclerosis, the disease which afflicts his mother.

Mike Muchlinski

Michael William Muchlinski (born February 26, 1977) is a Major League Baseball umpire. He umpired his first Major League game on April 24, 2006 and was officially hired by MLB prior to the 2014 season.

Mike Victorino

Michael Paul Victorino (born August 24, 1952) is an American politician serving as the eighth Mayor of the County of Maui since 2019.In November 2017, he announced intentions to run for county council mayor, ultimately defeating Council Member Cochran. Victorino also previously served as Wailuku's council member from 2006 to 2017. He and his wife Joycelyn have two children, including retired Major League Baseball player, Shane Victorino.

Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (T–V)

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history. The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era. Since the franchise's inception, 2,006 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 2,006 Phillies, 58 have had surnames beginning with the letter T, 6 have had names beginning with U, and 24 have had surnames beginning with the letter V. One player, Sam Thompson, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; he played ten seasons (1889–1898) for Philadelphia and set the franchise's record for most triples in a single season in 1894. The Hall of Fame lists the Phillies as Thompson's primary team, and he is a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, as are second baseman Tony Taylor; Elmer Valo, who was inducted for his contributions as a member of the crosstown Philadelphia Athletics; and John Vukovich, who was primarily a third baseman during his playing days with the Phillies and was inducted for his years of service to the Phillies. In addition to three tenures as a player (1970–1971, 1976–1977, 1979–1981), Vukovich was a coach and team advisor from 1983 to 2004.Among the 54 batters in this list, Tuck Turner has the best batting average; he batted .380 in four seasons with Philadelphia. Other players with an average above .300 include Thompson (.334 in ten seasons), Cotton Tierney (.317 in one season), and Andy Tracy (.357 in two seasons). Chase Utley leads all players on this list with 188 home runs, and Thompson's 963 runs batted in are best. In home runs, Jim Thome and Shane Victorino lead all players with surnames starting with T and V, with 96 and 79, respectively; in runs batted in, the U and V leaders are Utley (694) and Victorino (350).Of this list's 34 pitchers, Bobby Thigpen has the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage; he won three games and lost one for a win ratio of .750 in his only season with Philadelphia. Jack Taylor leads this list with 96 victories and 77 defeats, and Wayne Twitchell has the most strikeouts, with 573. Erskine Thomason's 0.00 earned run average (ERA) is the lowest mark on this list; among pitchers who have allowed an earned run, Kent Tekulve, who holds the franchise's single-season record for appearances by a pitcher, has the best mark, with a 3.01 ERA. Among pitchers whose surnames begin with U, Tom Underwood has the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage; he won 28 games and lost 20 for a win ratio of .583 in his four seasons with Philadelphia. Underwood's 28 victories are the best among pitchers on this list whose names begin with U; Tom Vickery shares the mark among V-named pitchers. Dutch Ulrich has the most defeats among pitchers whose surnames start with U, with 27 in three seasons. Underwood has 245 strikeouts, best among the U-named pitchers; Vickery leads pitchers whose surnames begin with V in that category, with 177. Al Verdel has the best earned run average (ERA) among pitchers whose surnames start with V; he allowed no runs in his only career appearance for an ERA of 0.00. Ulrich's 3.48 ERA leads the pitchers whose surnames begin with U.

Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards

The Philadelphia Phillies annual franchise awards have been given since 2004 by the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to four members of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise for "season-ending achievements." The awards were created by Bucks County Courier Times Phillies beat writer Randy Miller, who also served as the chairman of the BBWAA's Philadelphia chapter. Winners receive a glass trophy shaped like home plate. In 2014, a fifth award was added: the Charlie Manuel Award for Service and Passion to Baseball.

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