Baseball - 2006
A true local product who has found success on and off the field, Gabe Kapler achieved his greatest athletic glory in 2004 as a member of the World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Born July 31, 1975, Kapler starred at Taft High School in Woodland Hills before making his collegiate mark at Moorpark College. He made his professional debut on September 20, 1988 and spent the past seven seasons playing for the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, as well as the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.
A clubhouse favorite among players and media, Kapler was the recipient of the 2000 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA. He is equally adored by fans, and has reciprocated by purchasing and distributing 50 tickets to each Sunday home game to youth groups while he played for the Tigers and Rangers.