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Los Angeles Dodgers

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he 2019 National League Most Valuable Player
(MVP), Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Outfielder
Cody Bellinger, received the 2019 AHEPA
Harry Agganis Outstanding Hellenic Athlete
Award at a presentation made prior to the
Dodgers game with the New York Mets, at
Citi Field, September 15, 2019. Supreme President George G.
Horiates, Chairman of the Board Nicholas Karacostas, PSP,
and Awards Selection Committee Chairman Gregory Stamos
presented the award to Bellinger.
"We are honored to present Cody Bellinger with the prestigious Harry Agganis Award," Horiates said. "Throughout his life,
Bellinger has demonstrated excellence as a baseball player. He
has flourished as a Major Leaguer and has earned coveted accolades that have eluded many players who reach the Majors. As a
community, we are proud of his many accomplishments, and we
wish Cody continued success."
"I would like to thank AHEPA for this recognition," Bellinger
said. "The Award has special meaning to the Greek American
community, and I am honored to receive it."
During the 2019 season, Bellinger, 24 years old, slashed an
impressive .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, and an
OPS of 1.035, earning his first National League MVP Award, his
second All-Star appearance and his first Silver Slugger Award.
In his first Major League season, Bellinger was selected as an AllStar and unanimously was named the 2017 National League Rookie
of the Year, becoming the Dodgers' 18th Rookie of the Year and the
22nd player overall to win the award by unanimous vote. In 2018,
Bellinger displayed postseason brilliance, appearing in all 12 of the
Dodgers' postseason games and was awarded the 2018 NLCS
MVP after driving in the game-winning runs in Games 4 and 7.
Cody is the son of Clay Bellinger, a two-time World Series
champion for the New York Yankees who also played for Greece's
2004 Olympic baseball team.
Bellinger and two-time Agganis Award winner Giannis
Antetokounmpo each earned his respective league's MVP award
in 2019. Antetokounmpo is an All-Star forward for the NBA's
Milwaukee Bucks.
The AHEPA Harry Agganis Award is named after the legendary multi-sport athlete of Greek heritage who died prematurely at
26 from a pulmonary embolism. Agganis, known as "The Golden
Greek," played professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox and
was a college football All-American at Boston University.
In addition to Bellinger and Antetokounmpo, previous recipients of the Agganis Award include: MLB All-Star and World
Series Champion Mike Moustakas, MLB All-Star Nick Markakis,

Supreme President Horiates greets and congratulates Bellinger.

former NFL Placekicker and Super Bowl Champion Matt Stover,
Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis, Ultra-Marathoner
Dean Karnazes, World Champion Decathlete Tom Pappas, and
Professional Football Player Fred Smerlas, among other greats.
The AHEPA National Athletic Department offers a wide
range of regional and national sporting events and competitions. In 1975 the AHEPA Hellenic Hall of Fame was established,
and since its inception, more than 150 individuals have been
inducted. Also included in the program are National Athletic
and Scholarships Awards for amateur and professional athletes
who are spotlighted and honored annual at the AHEPA Supreme
Convention.

Selection Committee Chairman Stamos presents Antetokounmpo
with the Agganis Award in 2015.

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