The Seattle Mariners RBI Club has conferred its top community service award on Mariners Hall of Famer Alvin Davis. The 2015 Al "Moose" Clausen Community Service Award will be presented to Alvin on November 7, at the RBI Club's annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom. The RBI Club is an organization of Mariners season ticketholders who are active in the community.
The Moose Clausen Award is given to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community. This year's award is being presented to Davis in recognition of his many contributions to the Seattle area as well as his home community in Riverside, California.
Alvin made his Major League debut in 1984 and had an immediate impact. He represented the Mariners at the Major League Baseball All-Star game at Candlestick Park. He was chosen American League Rookie of the Year and the Mariners Most Valuable Player after batting .284 with 27 home runs and 116 RBI. Davis finished his eight-year Mariners career as a team leader in eight different offensive categories. In 1997, he became the first member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
Known as "Mr. Mariner," Alvin is widely respected for his contributions to the community. He served on the Board of Directors of Pro Athletes Outreach and supported the work of the Union Gospel Mission, Emerald City Outreach Ministries and Antioch Bible Church during his years in Seattle. He visited communities throughout the Northwest on the annual Mariners Caravan, and although he admits he's not much of a golfer, he participated in the Mariners annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament.
Since his retirement from baseball, Alvin has remained connected to the game as a coach at two high schools in his hometown of Riverside, California, where he says "It was a tremendous joy to help shape the character and sharpen the baseball skills of young men during those years." He participates in local youth baseball clinics and is a member of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame. Since 2012, Alvin has been a Special Assistant Coordinator in the Mariners Player Development Department.
Since 1997 Alvin has served as an elder of the Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church in Riverside where he oversees the church's finances and leads a group that provides "biblical counsel and discipleship" to families. Alvin's wife Kim is also active in the church as co-leader of the women's ministry.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al "Moose" Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic. During his years at Ballard High School, Clausen's baseball coaches nicknamed him "Moose." The name stuck, and he has been fondly called Moose ever since.
In 1982, Clausen joined the Mariners Front Office as Director of Sales and was part of the Mariners family until he retired in 2012. Due to his decades of service with Northwest baseball and the community, the RBI Club and Seattle Mariners named their Community Service Award for Moose in 2001.
Previous Moose Clausen Award Winners are:
2001 Jamie Moyer
2002 Dan Wilson
2003 Edgar Martinez
2004 Jay Buhner
2005 Rick Rizzs & Dave Henderson
2006 Raul Ibanez
2007 Dave Valle
2008 John Olerud
2009 Howard Lincoln
2010 Bill Krueger
2011 Julio Cruz
2012 Jack Zduriencik
2013 Eric & Kate Wedge
2014 Michael Saunders