2010 Frick Ballot Preview: Dave Van Horne
Winner to be announced First week in february
January 29, 2010
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dave Van Horne has spent 42 years with the Montreal Expos (1968-2000) and Florida Marlins (2001-), including the last nine as the lead play-by-play radio broadcaster in Florida. For 33 seasons, he served as the English radio and television voice of the Expos, giving him the sixth longest broadcasting tenure in the National League, behind Vin Scully(Dodgers), Bob Murphy (Mets), Ralph Kiner (Mets), Jack Buck (Cardinals) and Joe Nuxhall (Reds).
|Dave Van Horne is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award.|
Van Horne 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.
Van Horne has broadcast 10 no-hitters, including two perfect games. He has called Expos games on Canadian radio and television as well as The Baseball Network on NBC and ABC. He has broadcast three World Series and National League Championship Series for a Canadian network. Van Horne has partnered in the booth with Tom Cheek, Don Drysdale, Tommy Hutton, Buck Martinez, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and Ken Singleton, among others.
His broadcasting career began in Virginia while a college student and he spent 10 years there broadcasting football, basketball and baseball (the IL’s Richmond Braves) before joining the Expos in their inaugural season in 1969.
Van Horne was twice selected the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, and he is the recipient of the 1996 Jack Graney Award, given by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, for contributions to the game through broadcasting.
His broadcasting moments include: 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.