Luncheon of Champions 2017
Phoenix Art Museum is excited to announce the 2017 Luncheon of Champions event featuring a conversation between ESPN’s Mike Wilbon & Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Each year, this event joins Phoenix sports and art enthusiasts in shared appreciation for the champions of our community. Join us as we introduce you to two history-makers in the world of sports!
Theo Epstein,Chicago Cubs
President, Baseball Operations
In 2016, Epstein led the Chicago Cubs to its first World Series title in 108 years, which marked his third world championship; he had previously helped the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 while he was General Manager with the team. Currently in his 26th season in Major League Baseball, Epstein enters his sixth season with The Cubs, where he has helped make more than 45 trades during his tenure. The team has also seen increased win totals every year, from 61 to 66 to 73 to 97 to 103 in 2016. In 2012, Epstein became the youngest General Manager in baseball history at the age of 28. Two years later, at age 30, he became the youngest General Manager to win a World Series. In 2009, Theo was named Executive of the Decade for baseball by The Sporting News and was third on Sports Illustrated’s list of Top-10 GMs/Executives of the Decade in all sports.
Mike Wilbon, ESPN
Sportscaster and TV Host, Pardon the Interruption
Michael Wilbon is a co-host of ESPN’s award winning show Pardon The Interruption and a contributor to ESPN/ABC coverage of the NBA. Previously, Wilbon worked 30 years as a reporter then columnist for The Washington Post. Wilbon’s columns in The Post and his commentary for ESPN deal as much with the issues of the day as they relate to what happens on the fields or courts. During his career, which began in 1980, Wilbon edited two New York Times best-selling books with Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. In 2009, Wilbon was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001 he was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, as the top sports columnist in America and has been inducted into both the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame and the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.