2010 Frick Ballot Preview: Billy Berroa
Winner to be announced First week in february
January 20, 2010
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Billy Berroa spent 45 years in the broadcasting business. He spent most of his career with the New York Mets including 1963-79, 1987-93 and 1997-2007, the last 11 of which as the Mets Spanish radio announcer. He also spent the 1980s with the Yankees and three years with the Phillies (1994-96).
|Billy Berroa is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award.|
Berroa is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The winner of the 2010 Frick Award will be announced during the first week in February and honored during the July 23-26 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Cooperstown.
Presented annually since 1978, 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.
A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Berroa was one of the Spanish voices of Major League Baseball’s post-season and All-Star Game from 1987 to 2004. He has completed 50 years of broadcasting Winter League Baseball in the Dominican Republic, including the last 23 with the Escogido Club.
Berroa covered the Carribean Baseball Series, the Olympic Games and even professional boxing. He was selected to the Dominican Republic’s Sports Hall of Fame on October 17, 1998. Berroa passed away on Oct. 7, 2007.