02/05/09 10:22 AM EST
Johnson to receive honor
Outfielder to be Cubs' honoree at Chicago Sports Awards dinner
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Johnson joined the Cubs in late March 2008 after he was released by the Toronto Blue Jays. He batted .303 with six home runs and 50 RBIs in 109 games and was a standout defensive player. The outfielder made one of the best plays of the season April 25 at Washington when he robbed Felipe Lopez of a possible extra-base hit by snaring the ball in the air and then diving head-first into the wall.
Besides Johnson, the event will honor the top athletes from each of Chicago's professional teams. The group includes Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, Drew Gooden of the Bulls, John Danks of the White Sox, Greg Olsen of the Bears and Brian McBride of the Fire.
In addition, Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull will receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award."
Attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction featuring Chicago sports packages that include Cubs "Dream Day" tickets, including batting practice and a chance to throw the first pitch at Wrigley Field and tickets to a White Sox Diamond Suite. Over the past 20 years, the event has raised more than $6 million for the March of Dimes
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.