The Los Angeles Dodgers had quite the award season after 2014, with Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw all taking home major awards.
Kershaw was named NL MVP and Cy Young among countless other awards, while Greinke took home a Gold Glove and Gonzalez did the same with a Silver Slugger. Although their season didn’t end how they wanted, the Dodgers had much to be proud of. Another award has been given to a member of the Dodger organization, but it has more than just 2014 in mind.
According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, Guggenheim partner and Dodger co-owner Magic Johnson will receive a huge honor:
Dodger ownership partner Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the second ever recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award, which “celebrates individuals whose dedication to the ideals of sportsmanship has spanned decades and whose lifetime of achievement in athletics has directly or indirectly changed the world.”
Johnson follows Eunice Kennedy Shriver as recipient of the award. He is set to receive the award on Tuesday in New York.
The former Los Angeles Laker expressed his gratitude for the honor:
It is an honor to receive this award from Sports Illustrated,” Johnson said. “I grew up reading the magazine, which also gave me my first national exposure in its ‘Faces in the Crowd’ feature. Now, 37 years later, to be recognized by SI with a tribute that has only been given to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a woman who has made the world a better place for millions with intellectual disabilities, is very special and humbling.”
Since his retirement from the NBA, Johnson has become a successful businessman that has given back to various urban communities. He is part-owner of the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks, and was linked to the Los Angeles Clippers when they were for sale. Johnson has become the main figure of the Guggenheim partners, as he is revered in Los Angeles for his time with the Lakers.