THE SIDELINES : Sid Bream Wins Hutch Award

From Times Wire Services

Sid Bream, who overcame three knee operations to help the Pittsburgh Pirates capture the National League East championship, has been named the winner of the 26th annual Hutch Award.

The award goes to a player who overcomes adversity to go on to further accomplishments. It is named in honor of Fred Hutchinson, a major-league pitcher who managed the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, and died in 1964 while the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Bream hit .270 and drove in 67 runs in 149 games after sitting out most of the 1989 season. He signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent after the season.

The voting is by a panel of major-league broadcasters and writers. The award will be presented at the Dapper Dan sports dinner in Pittsburgh on Feb. 9.