On June 11, Ty Koehn struck out Jack Kocon on the last pitch of the game to send his team to the Minnesota state baseball championship. The crowd roared as Koehn’s teammates stormed the field to celebrate, but Koehn didn’t join them. Instead, he walked towards home plate and gave Kocon a hug.
As it turned out, Koehn and Kocon were close childhood friends ever since their Little League baseball days. As both of the young men said afterwards, their friendship was more valuable than any single game. A video of the event quickly went viral online, with CBS Sports describing the event as “sportsmanship at its finest.”
Instead of immediately celebrating a trip to the state championship, pitcher Ty Koehn consoles his childhood friend that he just struck out.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 11, 2018
On November 17, Ty Koehn will be honored at the 13th annual Musial Awards at Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis in recognition of the virtue he displayed last summer. Koehn will join the likes of sports legends Jim Thome, Ozzie Smith and Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt from Loyola University whom basketball fans adored during the NCAA basketball tournament last March.
The 13th annual Musial Awards, presented by Maryville University and produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission, celebrate magical moments of sportsmanship in one of the most vibrant sports cities in the world: St. Louis. Named after Cardinals baseball legend Stan “The Man” Musial who set the gold standard for sportsmanship, the awards are a platform to inspire selflessness and integrity through the lens of sport.
“We want the Musial Awards to establish St. Louis as the capital for sportsmanship,” said Marc Schreiber, Vice President of Marketing for the St. Louis Sports Commission. “When people think of the ESPYs, they think Hollywood; when people think of the Heisman Trophy, they think New York City. When people think of sportsmanship, we want them to think St. Louis.”
Generating national attention for an event is no easy task, but over the past few years, the Musial Awards have captured the interest of millions. In addition to running as a 1-hour TV special on Channel 5 in St. Louis, the Awards showed in several other cities last year including Dallas, Phoenix, Seattle, San Antonio and Cleveland. The Musial Awards even made the front page of USA Today’s sports page this month.
The St. Louis Sports Commission is confident they will keep this momentum rolling in the years to come.
“St. Louis and sportsmanship go hand-in-hand,” said Schreiber. “We’re the fans that applaud an impressive play by the opposing team—it’s only right that we’re the city to lead by example.”
A crowd of 2,500+ is expected to fill the seats of Stifel Theatre on Saturday, November 17. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, in person at the Enterprise Center box office and all Ticketmaster ticket centers, or by phone at 800-745-3000. The Musial Awards also offers Honoree Circle tickets, which include prime seating for the show, access to the Musial Awards After Party and reserved parking for $100.