The Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award is presented annually by the New York Baseball Writers Association to a group of players, or a specific team, forever linked in baseball history.
In New York, three legends once roamed the outfield for all three teams, Willie, Mickey and the Duke. Willie Mays, with the New York Giants; Mickey Mantle, with the New York Yankees; and Duke Snider, with the Brooklyn Dodgers—a legendary trio of baseball personalities who are forever linked in baseball history.
"I'm talkin' baseball! Like Reggie, Quisenberry. Talkin' baseball! Carew and Gaylord Perry, Seaver, Garvey, Schmidt and Vida Blue, If Cooperstown is calling, it's no fluke. They'll be with Willie, Mickey, and the Duke." - Terry Cashman (Lyrics to Willie, Mickey & The Duke , 1981, PKM Music)
By The New York Baseball Writers Association
CBS 2, New York, covered the 2011 New York Baseball Writers Association Dinner Gala and shared this story of the winners on stage:
Joe Torre , Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella stood together behind the podium, a trio of retiring managers honored for a combined 81 years leading major league clubs. "Played the game for 16 years and then had an opportunity to manager five different ballclubs, very special teams," Torre said. "But you know when you managed five teams that means you've been fired a few times." The hotel ballroom audience laughed. The three were presented the Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's New York chapter on Saturday night, introduced by Yankees manager Joe Girardi to cap the annual dinner.
Source: CBS 2, New York, January 22, 2011, 'Torre, Cox, Piniella Honored by BBWAA.
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Did you notice which receipient won the Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award more than once? It's happened only once to date (2002 & 2011).