|Sam McDowell/Photo provided by Recovery Resources, with permission|
Legendary Indians pitcher "Sudden" Sam McDowell, has spent the last 30 years working off the field for Major League Baseball. Sam is a certified counselor who helps players handle any family problems they may encounter, from marital to financial to addictions.
He knows first-hand about addiction, admitting alcoholism was the reason he was "kicked out of baseball." After a career during which he was an all-star six times, led the American League in strikeouts six times, and struck out more than 300 batters in a season twice, Sam wound up living with his parents back in Pittsburgh, his hometown.
He credits his parents will giving him the motivation to finally address his alcoholism.
On November 1, Sam will present the annual Bronze Key Award to Indians President Mark Shapiro at a gala at the Cleveland Museum of Art on behalf of Recovery Resources.