On Monday night, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association held their 107th annual awards banquet in Cherry Hill, NJ. The PSWA honors athletes in every sport around the Philadelphia area.
This year, the PSWA honored Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of 2010. He was also presented with his 2010 Cy Young award. Shane Victorino received the Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts in the community.
A large portion of the Phillies family was in attendance as well, including President Dave Montgomory, the Phanatic, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel. As a guest speaker, Manuel had the crowd in stitches with his southern humor.
Manuel spoke about his home state saying, “You know they don’t have Christmas plays in West Virginia, you know that? They cut it out. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”
The speeches from Victorino, Halladay and Manuel are in the following video:
Also present was comedian Joe Conklin who attends every year to entertain the guests. He does amazing impersonations of a variety of Philly athletes including Manuel, Cole Hamels and Eagles coach Andy Reid. Conklin’s routine is the highlight of the banquet:
The full Photo Album from the event includes members of the Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Eagles, plus college and high school athletes.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography