Casey Mack’s act of benevolence was supposed to be performed without any fanfare.
Now the former Trumbull High School third baseman cannot stop receiving national acclaim after purchasing two new bats for each of the FCIAC’s three Bridgeport schools this past spring (if you are unfamiliar with it, you can read the story here).
Mack learned on Tuesday than he will be a recipient of a Musial Award, named after former St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
The St. Louis-based organization found out about Mack’s effort to show support for the Bridgeport baseball teams and have selected him as one of its honorees. Mack will receive his award at the dinner sponsored by the St. Louis Sports Foundation on November 9.
Mack, who just graduated from Trumbull, will attend the event with his mother Donna, Eagles coach Phil Pacelli and Ken Hopkins, the baseball coach at the Community College of Rhode Island, where Mack will next be playing.
“It’s crazy,” Mack said. “I really hope this gets people to also try to make a difference. People around here, Trumbull and Fairfield County, to help out people not as fortunate as us.”
As described on its website, it is an “event celebrating extraordinary sportsmanship and all that’s right in sports. Hosted annually in St. Louis, The Musial Awards recognize the greatest moments and stories of sportsmanship from around the country.”
Mark Schreiber, the St. Louis Foundation’s vice president of marketing and development, wrote in an email, Mack’s ”gestures of generosity, kindness and selflessness in purchasing equipment for his opponents reflect the remarkable acts of sportsmanship we strive to highlight at the event — and that personify the class and character embodied by Stan the Man.”
The honor comes a month after Mack was recognized by the Liberty Mutual Insurance company as part of its Responsible Sports Moments program.