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The Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have announced Patrick Mason as the first annual Greg Montalbano Award Winner, to be presented at the team’s annual Alumni Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Montalbano, a Westborough, MA native, was drafted by his hometown Boston Red Sox in 1999 after a great college career at Northeastern University.  He made his professional debut in 2000, finishing the season with a pair of starts with the Spinners.

The following season, Montalbano won 12 games and earned a midseason promotion to Double-A Trenton. He was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Red Sox organization and appeared to be on the fast track for Boston.

Montalbano had overcome testicular cancer as a freshman at Northeastern in 1996 and the removal of several non-cancerous tumors in the years that followed. After arm injuries side-tracked his Red Sox career, he found himself pitching for the Worcester Tornadoes, when he learned that the cancer had returned again.

A fighter, Montalbano continued to pitch while undergoing trea...

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