ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was presented with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity before Thursday's game. He is the first Rangers player to win the award since its inception in 1955.
The award is presented annually by Phi Delta Theta to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, a member of the fraternity's Columbia University chapter. The award is permanently maintained at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Beltre is one of the top third basemen in baseball, having won four Gold Gloves for his defense and been named to four All-Star teams. Beltre is also active off the field with his involvement in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the Texas Rangers RBI program in the DFW Metroplex and the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic.
Beltre has donated to David Valle's Esperanza International as well as foundations established by Robinson Chirinos, Michael Young, Eddie Guardado and Joakim Soria. He has also contributed to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
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