2010 Frick Ballot Preview: Graham McNamee
Winner to be announced First week in february
January 25, 2010
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Graham McNamee spent 13 years broadcasting for Westinghouse (1923-25) and NBC (1926-1935). A pioneer in sports broadcasting, he called 12 World Series on radio, beginning in 1923.
|Graham McNamee is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)|
McNamee 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. 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.
McNamee gave instant credibility to the birth of the National Broadcast Company (NBC) in 1926 and was dubbed “the greatest announcer we ever had” by Red Barber, winner along with Mel Allen of the first-ever Ford C. Frick Award in 1978.
A former Broadway singer, McNamee pioneered radio broadcasts in 10 other sports, including boxing, tennis and football. McNamee passed away on May 9, 1942.