Howard wins Josh Gibson Award

Howard wins Josh Gibson Award

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second time in three years, Ryan Howard of the Phillies earned the Josh Gibson Award, presented to the National and American League's top home run hitters.

The honor is part of the ninth annual Legacy Awards, presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Howard powered 48 homers and drove in 146 runs, helping the Phillies to their first World Series championship since 1980.

He caught fire in September, when the team needed him most, hitting .352 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs.

The Legacy recipients will receive their awards on Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. Proceeds from the Legacy Awards will benefit the museum, which keeps alive the legacy of men and women who played, coached or owned teams when baseball was a segregated sport.

Howard also earned the Gibson Award in 2006, and shared the Oscar Charleston Legacy Award -- which honors the best player each year in the NL and AL -- with the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter.

After winning NL Rookie of the Year in 2005, Howard earned the Larry Doby Award, presented to the top rookie in each league.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.