2010 Frick Ballot Preview: Tom Cheek
Winner to be announced first week in february
January 22, 2010
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Tom Cheek spent 31 years broadcasting for the Montreal Expos (1974-76) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977-2004). At the time of his retirement in 2004, he had spent 28 years as the Blue Jays play-by-play man and was the only person to have worked every Blue Jays game.
|Tom Cheek is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award.|
Cheek is one of ten finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Cheek earned his spot by finishing first among all broadcasters in the online fan voting for the final ballot with 5,930 votes. 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.
Cheek has broadcast for the Baseball Network from 1994-95 and called many post season games on Canada radio for Telemedia. From 1974 to 1976, he was the swing man on Montreal Expos radio broadcasts on television nights.
His play-by-play experience includes baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the University of Vermont. Cheek was a member of the broadcast team for ABC Sports at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and 1984 Olympics at Sarajevo. Has also broadcast college basketball for Mutual Radio Network. Cheek passed away on Oct. 9, 2005.