Lucroy given Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Lucroy given Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

ST. LOUIS -- Prior to Saturday's game, a 5-1 loss, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was named one of six winners of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, presented annually to recipients who possess "the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed."

Lucroy was one of 15 Major Leaguers nominated for the honor. Among the other winners was Hall of Famer George Brett.

"Obviously, there are a lot of players who do charitable initiatives geared toward veterans," Lucroy said. "So to be selected from among that group is a tremendous honor itself."

Lucroy will travel to Washington with his wife, Sarah, to accept the award, which is named for the Hall of Fame pitcher and World War II veteran. It will be one of Lucroy's two trips to the nation's capital this winter; he also plans to travel with military veterans in November on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight for the second straight year.

"I'm very excited for that again," he said. "Any time I leave home in the offseason, it's going to be for either a vacation or a very special reason. I really believe that trip with those guys again like I did last year [qualifies]. I had such a good time. It was a very, very humbling experience."

On the field, Lucroy collected three more hits against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He's hit safely in all three of his games since returning from a concussion sustained on Sept. 8 in Miami.

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