2010 Ford C. Frick Award Final Ballot Bios


Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two. Results of the vote will be announced in February.

BILLY BERROA: 45 years (Mets, 1960s, 1970s, 1987-93, 1997 -2007; Yankees, 1980s; Phillies, 1994-96), the last 11 with the Mets as a Spanish radio announcer…A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic…In his third stint with the Mets…Began covering Major League Baseball with the club in 1963…Was one of the Spanish voices of Major League Baseball post-season and All-Star competition from 1987 to 2004…Has completed 50 years of broadcasting Winter League Baseball in the Dominican Republic, the last 23 years with the Escogido Club…Has also covered the Caribbean Baseball Series and the Olympic Games, as well as professional boxing…On October 17, 1998 was selected to the Dominican Republic’s Sports Hall of Fame.

SKIP CARAY: 33 years (1976-2008), all with the Braves with TBS…Joined Turner Broadcasting in 1972 as voice of the NBA Atlanta Hawks and was added to Braves' telecasts in 1976…Caray and his son, Chip, made broadcast history when they joined Skip's dad, Harry, during a Braves-Cubs contest in May of 1991, becoming the first three-generation family to announce a major league game…Served as play-by-play announcer for baseball on TBS' coverage of the 1990 Goodwill Games…In 2002 participated in NBC's postseason baseball coverage…A six-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award, has won a local Emmy for sportscasting and was nominated for a 1994 Cable ACE Award.

TOM CHEEK *: 31 years (Expos, 1974-76; Blue Jays, 1977-2004) and retired…Spent the final 28 years of his career with the Blue Jays as radio play-by-play man...When forced to retire during the 2004 season because of a brain tumor, was the only person to had worked every Blue Jays game...Broadcast for the Baseball Network, 1994-95…Called many post season games on Canada radio for Telemedia…Play-by-play experience includes baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the University of Vermont...From 1974 to 1976 was the swing man on Montreal Expos radio broadcasts on television nights...Member of the broadcast team for ABC Sports at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and 1984 Olympics at Sarajevo...Has broadcast college basketball for Mutual Radio Network.

JACQUES DOUCET *: 34 years and retired….Spent entire baseball broadcast career as the play-by-play radio voice of the Expos on the French network…Also filed daily reports from Florida during spring training and took part in the network’s special baseball radio shows…Prior to radio covered the club as a beat writer for the daily newspaper La Presse…For many years, he did the play-by-play for the Championship and World Series games…Inducted to the Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame in May 2002 and the the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June of 2003.

LANNY FRATTARE: 33 years, all with the Pirates, the longest tenure as a radio broadcaster with the club, surpassing 1986 Ford Frick Award winner Bob Prince who broadcast for 29 years (1948-75)….His association with the Pirates organization began in 1974 and 1975 when he broadcast games for the Triple-A Charleston (WV) Charlies…Joined the Pirates at the major league level in 1976.

GRAHAM MCNAMEE: 13 years (1923-35) and retired, for Westinghouse (1923-25) and NBC (1926-35)…A pioneer in sports broadcasting, he called 12 World Series on radio, beginning in 1923…Gave instant credibility to the birth of the National Broadcast Company (NBC) in 1926…Dubbed “the greatest announcer we ever had” by Red Barber…A former Broadway singer, he also pioneered radio broadcasts in 10 other sports, including boxing, tennis and football.

JON MILLER: 32 years (Rangers, 1978-79; Red Sox, 1980-82; Orioles, 1983-96; Giants, 1997 - ), the last 11 with San Francisco on radio and television…An award-winning broadcast veteran, is also the play-by-play commentator of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts… He spent two years with the Texas Rangers (1978-79) and three more with the Boston Red Sox (1980-82) before spending 14 years with the Baltimore Orioles (1983-96)…After a four-year stint at NBC-TV from 1986-89 where he announced an occasional Game of the Week with either Tony Kubek or Joe Garagiola, Miller was hired by ESPN...During his 20-year tenure at ESPN, he has been nominated multiple times for an “ACE” award, emblematic of cable television excellence, and won the award in 1991 and 1996 for his play-by-play work…Nominated twice for a national Emmy Award in 1995 and 1996, Miller has broadcast the World Series on ESPN Radio the past 10 years…The Bay Area native has also broadcast hockey, basketball and soccer during his distinguished career.

JOE NUXHALL *: 38 years, all with the Reds (1967-04)…Teamed with 2000 Frick Winner Marty Brennaman for 31 seasons (1974-04)…Had been with the Reds for 53 years…Pitched in the majors for 16 years (1944, 1952-’66), including all or parts of 15 seasons with the Reds…At 15 years old on June 10, 1944, became the youngest player in modern day history to appear in a major league game, a record that still stands.

HERB SCORE: 34 years (Cleveland, 1964-97) and retired…Began broadcasting career in 1964 as a color commentator on Indians TV telecasts…Took over as the radio play-by-play man in 1968…His legendary fastball helped him gain American League Rookie of the Year honors in 1955…Posted a 16-10 record and a 2.85 ERA in ’55, while setting the record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher with 245, a mark which stood until 1984 when it was broken by Dwight Gooden…Selected to the American League All-Star team in both ’55 and ’56.

DAVE VAN HORNE: 42 years (Expos, 1968-2000; Marlins, 2001 - ), the last nine as the lead play-by-play radio announcer in Florida…The English radio and television voice of the Montreal Expos for 33 seasons…His broadcasting tenure with the Expos was the sixth longest in the NL, behind Vin Scully (Dodgers), Bob Murphy (Mets), Ralph Kiner (Mets), Jack Buck (Cardinals) and Joe Nuxhall (Reds)...Has broadcast 10 no-hitters, including two perfect games…Called Expos games on Canadian radio and television as well as The Baseball Network on NBC and ABC...He partnered in the booth with the likes of Tom Cheek, Don Drysdale, Tommy Hutton, Buck Martinez, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and Ken Singleton, among others…Has broadcast three World Series and National League Championship Series for a Canadian network…Began his career in Virginia while a college student and spent 10 years there broadcasting football, basketball and baseball (the IL’s Richmond Braves) before joining the Expos in their inaugural season in 1969...Was twice selected the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association…The recipient of the 1996 Jack Graney Award, given by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, for contributions to the game through broadcasting…Big broadcasting moments: the Expos inaugural game (4/8/69), Willie Mays’ 3,000th hit, Nolan Ryan passing Walter Johnson in strikeouts, Steve Carlton striking out his 4,000th batter, and Pete Rose’s 3,000th and 4,000th hits.

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