Andrew McCutchen went out of 2012 the same way he spent the year: Collecting awards and public confirmations of a breakout season. The Pirates' center fielder just added a big one to his cache: The 2012 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year. It does not get bigger than that, when it comes to the local and regional stages. Presented since 1935, the Dapper Dan is a conspicuous declaration of the Pittsburgh area's outstanding sports personality.
McCutchen can now add it to his Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Players Choice National League Outstanding Player Award. "It's an honor to be named the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year," McCutchen said through Dapper Dan Charities. "So many incredible athletes have won this award, to be mentioned alongside these greats is humbling for me, and I am truly thankful of the support that I have received so far in my career in Pittsburgh." The first 76 Dapper Dan Sportsmen of the Year included the likes of Stan Musial (born in Donora, Pa.), Arnold Palmer, Franco Harris, Mario Lemieux and Roberto Clemente. A total of 18 Pirates players have received the honor -- but McCutchen is only the second in 20 years, and the first since Jason Kendall in 2000. McCutchen will be presented with his award at the 77th Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction on Feb. 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
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