2011 Ford C. Frick Award Final Ballot
RENE CARDENAS: 38 years (Dodgers, 1958-61 and 1982-98; Astros, 1962-77; Rangers, 1981) and retired…Created the first Spanish-language MLB broadcasts in 1958, teaming with 1998 Ford C. Frick recipient Jaime Jarrin for the new West Coast Dodgers…Remained with the club through 1961 and then moved to the expansion Astros, pioneering Spanish language Baseball in Houston, as broadcast director and announcer from 1962-77… Conceived of, and organized the first international Broadcasting Network in Spanish from Houston to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America…Returned to baseball in 1981, pioneering Spanish language Baseball in the American League, as broadcast director and announcer with the Texas Rangers…From 1982-98 he again teamed with Jarrin on Dodger broadcasts…In 2000 was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame of Nicaragua and in 2002, into the “Salón de la Fama del Museo Nacional del Patrimonio Hispano de los Estados Unidos” in Texas….Began career at age 20, as principal broadcaster of the World Amateur Baseball Series XI in Managua, Nicaragua…In 1972, he broadcast all the games of the World Amateur Baseball Series XX in the same country and for many years he went to Nicaragua to broadcast winter baseball after the season.
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 (4,306 consecutive regular season games)...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…Passed away Oct. 9, 2005.
DIZZY DEAN: 24 years, in St. Louis and nationally, and retired...Hall of Fame pitcher with St. Louis Cardinals, elected in 1953...Last National League pitcher to win 30 games, in 1934...Arm injuries forced early retirement in 1941 at age 31, and he immediately turned to broadcasting, announcing both Cardinals and St. Louis Browns games on radio from 1941-46...Instant success as a broadcaster because of his exuberant personality and homespun humor...From 1947-49 announced Browns games exclusively...In 1950, went to New York as a television announcer, taking that city by storm during his two years there... Returned to St. Louis in 1952 and did Browns games on radio for two years, until team moved to Baltimore...After taking 1954 off, he joined CBS television and became the star of their "Game of the Week" telecast for the next 11 years, through 1965...Became a national sensation, as always for his combination of lively descriptions, candid opinions and at times, incorrect English and trouble with names...His pairing with Pee Wee Reese in the early 1960s is credited with bringing many new fans to baseball…Passed away July 17, 1974.
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 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June of 2003.
BILL KING: 25 years (A’s. 1981-2005), all with the A’s as the lead radio play-by-play man, and retired…Has spent five decades thrilling fans with his vivid descriptions of some of the most historical moments in the annals of three of the Bay Area’s major sports franchises – the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and the A’s…Was stationed on the island of Guam at the end of World War II when he began his broadcasting career with the Armed Forces Radio Network…Launched his sportscasting career in the late 1940’s in Pekin, Ill., broadcasting minor league baseball, along with high school football and basketball games…Passed away Oct. 18, 2005.
NED MARTIN: 32 years (1961-92), and retired, all with the Red Sox…Began career as Curt Gowdy’s radio partner and stayed with radio for 18 years with 11 different partners…From 1979 through 1992, he called the play-by-play on Red Sox television…Also worked on ALCS coverage on CBS radio four times, and broadcast the 1975 World Series for NBC-TV…Known throughout New England for his wryly descriptive style and his familiar exclamation, “Mercy!”…Broke into broadcasting as an announcer in the American Association…Passed away July 23, 2002.
TIM MCCARVER: 30 years, the last 15 (1996- ) with FOX…Club experience with the Mets (1983-98), Yankees (1999-2001) and the Giants (2002), and, network experience with ABC (1984-89, ’94), CBS (1990-93) and the Baseball Network (1994-95)…FOX’s lead analyst, teaming with Joe Buck…Won three straight Emmys (2000-02)…The only network baseball analyst to broadcast the last 17 regular and postseasons…Covered the ’86 and ’88 All-Star Games…Broke in as a broadcaster with the Phillies (1980-82), sharing booth space with Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn…Teamed with Jack Buck (1990-91) and the Sean McDonough (1992-93) for CBS…Played in 21 major league seasons (1959-80) and is one of seven modern-day players to play in four decades…Played in two All-Star games and won two World Series with the Cardinals.
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…Passed away May 9, 1942.
ERIC NADEL: 32 years (1979- ), all with Texas, the last 16 as the lead voice for the Rangers’ radio broadcasts…His tenure is longer than any announcer in the history of the franchise…Worked on television and radio from 1979-81, then teamed with Mark Holtz for the next 13 years on radio while also doing televised games in 1984…A two-time selection (1999 and 2001) as Texas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association…Taught himself to speak fluent Spanish and has called several games in Spanish during his frequent off-season visits to Latin America….Has also been the play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Black Hawks of the Central Hockey League and the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League…For the last 19 years, he has done “A Page From Baseball’s Past” radio features that run on the Rangers’ radio network…Elected to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
DAVE VAN HORNE: 42 years (Expos, 1969-2000; Marlins, 2001- ), the last 10 as the lead play-by-play radio announcer in Florida…The English radio and television voice of the Montreal Expos for 32 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 Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Ken Singleton, Buck Martinez and Tommy Hutton, among others…Has broadcast three World Series and National League Championship Series for a Canadian network and the Marlins’ 2003 postseason games, including the NLCS and World Series…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.