Luke Voit and Gio Urshela named Thurman Munson Award recipients

NEW YORK -- A star-studded lineup will be honored virtually at the 41st Annual Thurman Munson Awards ceremony to benefit AHRC New York City Foundation on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, and these are the honorees: New York Yankees standouts Luke Voit and Gio Urshela, New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, Hall of Famer catcher Pudge Rodriguez, New York Football Giants Hall of Famer Harry Carson and Team U.S.A. Soccer & Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Voit, Urshela, Conforto, Rodriguez and Naeher will all be recipients of the Thurman Munson Award, while Carson will be presented with the Munson “Captain” Award.

The benefit remembers the late great Yankees captain and catcher Thurman Munson and has raised more than $17 million for the AHRC NYC Foundation which supports programs that enable children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives. Thurman’s widow Diana Munson will “attend,” though this time virtually, her 41st consecutive benefit, having been involved in the event since its inception.

The Thurman Munson Awards are presented annually for success and inspiration on the fields of play, and community spirit off the field.

Luke Voit enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the pandemic-shortened, 60-game season. The right-handed, slugging first baseman led MLB with 22 home runs, and added 52 RBI in the middle of the Yankees lineup. Manager Aaron Boone has called the Missouri State product a “pillar and rock in our lineup.” The Missouri native was drafted by his hometown Cardinals in 2013 in the 22nd round, and made his MLB debut for St. Louis in 2017, and played for the Cardinals in 2018 before the trade to the Yankees.

Gio Urshela has proven to be a valuable and versatile player for the Bronx Bombers. The Cartagena, Colombia native emerged as a bona-fide big league hitter in 2019, starting the season on a 25-for-71 tear after replacing the injured Miguel Andujar at third base. Urshela opened the 2020 season as starting third baseman, but only played in 43 of 60 games due to a injury. He became the first third sacker in team history to hit a postseason grand slam, against his former Cleveland Indians teammates, and help the Yankees sweep the Tribe in the Wild Card round.