Eric Davis Wins Clemente Award
Oct. 22, 1997
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Eric Davis, who underwent colon cancer surgery and returned to help the Baltimore Orioles reach the American League championship series, received the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award on Wednesday.
Davis, 35, missed much of the season but rejoined the Orioles on Sept. 15 and finished with season totals of eight homers, 25 RBIs and a .304 batting average as an outfielder and designated hitter.
He hit .182 (4-for-22) in the Orioles' two postseason series with one homer and three RBIs.
Davis, who underwent surgery June 13, has been undergoing weekly chemotherapy and is confident he's rid of the disease.
``I intend to live up to the Clemente spirit of helping others,'' Davis said. ``I'm no different than any other cancer patient, except I am a public figure. Hopefully because of this, I can increase the public's awareness regarding testing and precautions for colon cancer.''