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Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis checked in this morning with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on MLB Network’s Hot Stove. The trio covered plenty of ground as they talked about his Moose Clausen Community Service Award, the Toys for Kids Auction, the beginning of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Major League career and went head-to-head with Reynolds to see who could better remember their fellow teammates from the 1982 Lynn Sailors.
Former Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis has been named the recipient of the 2015 Moose Clausen Community Service Award.
The award is bestowed each fall by the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of active Mariners season ticket holders, to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community.
Alvin received the award this past Saturday, November 7, at the annual RBI Club Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom.
Alvin was one of those rare players who made an immediate impact. He made his Major League debut in 1984. That season, he represented the Mariners at the All-Star Game, was named Mariners MVP and American League Rookie of the Year. When he finished his eight year career with the Mariners, Alvin was the team leader in eight different offensive categories. In 1997, he became the first inductee to the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Since he retired from baseball, Alvin has stayed connected to the game as a high school coach in his hometown of Riverside, California, and working with Mariners minor leaguers. Alvin and his wife Kim are active in their church leadership and help families with biblical and financial counsel.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic who worked in the Mariners front office for many years.
Previous Moose Clausen Award winners include Dan Wilson, Jamie Moyer, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle and Julio Cruz.
He is a native of Ballard. He was the second baseman for the 1955-1956 Ballard Beavers baseball teams, who played for the City High School Championships at Sicks Stadium, including games against Franklin High led by Hall of Famer Ron Santo. He was a graduate of Central Washington University, and has resided in Edmonds, WA, with his wife Dorothy since 1964.
Alan “Moose” Clausen announced earlier this year that he would retire on December 31, after 30 years with the Seattle Mariners. And last week, nearly 500 friends, family members and co-workers gathered on the infield at Safeco Field to celebrate the career of a very special man.
Among those 500 attendees were former players Ken Griffey Jr., Dan Wilson, Edgar Martinez, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson, Bill Krueger, Julio Cruz, Dave Heaverlo, Omar Vizquel and John Olerud.
His job titles have ranged over the years from Director of Sales to Senior Account Manager of Premium Sales (suites, Diamond Club, All-Star Club), but his real-world title is “Ambassador of Mariners Baseball” in the Pacific Northwest.
Moose may have more friends than anyone I’ve ever known. Wherever I have traveled throughout the region, if it comes up that I work for the Seattle Mariners, the first question I am inevitably asked is, “Do you know Moose Clausen?”
Mariners President Chuck Armstrong said, “Yes, Moose Clausen worked for the Seattle Mariners. But looking back on his 30 years here, I can honestly say that he really worked for the fans. Everyone he met became his friend instantly, and by association, a friend of the Mariners. It is often said that everyone can be replaced. But I’m not sure we can replace Moose.”
Congratulations to Moose Clausen. Thank you for giving your heart and soul to Mariners Baseball. Enjoy your new lifestyle, which I know will include plenty of games at Safeco Field.