South Bend Cubs nominated for prestigious national award


The South Bend Cubs have been nominated for a national John H. Johnson Award which honors clubs with an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within the community and the baseball industry.

The South Bend Cubs were nominated by the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

They were informed of the nomination by the office of Richard Nussbaum, President of the Midwest League.

The award is one of only four national awards given to teams or individuals chosen from among all 240 Minor League Baseball teams.

“This is a great honor,” said Andrew Berlin, team owner.  “When all of baseball recognizes that what we’re doing in South Bend is ‘on-going’ and worth recognizing on a national stage, it’s just another confirmation that we’re doing the right kinds of things for fans, and especially for the Cubs. It’s wonderful news.  And we’re thankful – thankful to the league and to the fans who’ve made this all possible”

Nominees from every league in the MiLB system will be reviewed by the MiLB Awards Committee and recommendations will be submitted to the President and Executive Vice President of MiLB for a final decision. The winner will be announced at Baseball’s Winter Meetings this December.

“It's humbling,” added Joe Hart, Team President. “To be nominated for such an important national award is exciting. But honestly, we owe so much to our fans.  And this is just the beginning. We’re determined to help the Chicago Cubs make it to the World Series.  And we’re going to continue to make Four Winds Field the best place to have fun on a spring or summer evening anywhere within a hundred miles.”

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