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Nuxhall A Finalist for Frick Award

Fan selections set record for online votes; winner to be announced Feb. 19
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Published: 12/04/2007 3:01 PM ET

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- A record 122,505 fan votes were cast online at www.baseballhall.org throughout November as fans chose three of 10 names to be listed on the ballot for the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award, given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

Joe Nuxhall (82,304 fan votes), Bill King (7,659) and Joe Morgan (6,065) earned spots on the ballot through the online vote, which took place exclusively at www.baseballhall.org, the online home of the Museum. The three fan selections will be joined by broadcasters Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Tony Kubek, Graham McNamee, Dave Niehaus and Dave Van Horne, who were selected by a research committee from the Cooperstown-based museum.

The winner of the 2008 Frick Award will be announced Feb. 19. Voting will be conducted by a 20-member electorate that includes the 14 living Frick Award recipients and six broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, 2007 Frick winner Denny Matthews, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, and historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of NY Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times).

Now in its fifth year, the Museum's online fan balloting established a record for votes cast and for most votes by a single candidate, as Nuxhall totaled nearly 50,000 more votes than the 34,705 received in 2003 by Simmons, who secured a position on the 2004 ballot. More than 105,000 votes were in cast in November 2003 for the 2004 Award ballot, the previous single-month record vote total in the fan selection. In 2006, King (11,943), Nuxhall (8,049) and Ken Harrelson (6,795) were selected by fans for the 2007 ballot through the online vote, with Kansas City's Matthews winning the award.

  • Cheek's resume includes 32 Major League seasons covering the Montreal Expos (1974-76) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977-2004), the last 28 seasons as the Jays' radio play-by-play man, before his death during the 2005 season.
  • Coleman spent 35 years with Indians (1954-63), Reds (1975-78) and Red Sox (1966-74, 79-89).
  • Dean transitioned from the playing field to the radio booth with 24 seasons in St. Louis and nationally with Mutual Radio and ABC/CBS Game of the Week, helping to revolutionize the baseball broadcast.
  • King spent 25 years (1981-2005), as the lead radio play-by-play man for the A's before his death following the 2005 season.
  • Following his playing career, Kubek spent 30 seasons behind the mic as a color commentator both nationally (NBC Game of the Week) and with the Blue Jays and Yankees.
  • McNamee was a national pioneer in sports broadcasting, calling games for 13 seasons for Westinghouse and NBC and also calling the first 12 World Series to be broadcast.
  • Morgan has spent 23 years as a network analyst, working primarily for ESPN and ESPN Radio since 1998, after a Hall of Fame playing career.
  • Niehaus has broadcast games for 38 years, including the last 30 with the Mariners, dating back to the club's inception in 1977.
  • Nuxhall spent 38 years with the Reds (1968-2004), and totaled 53 years with the Reds as a former major league pitcher and broadcaster before his passing earlier this month.
  • Van Horne has spent 40 years in broadcasting for the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins, including the last seven in Florida following 33 seasons in Montreal as the the team's English voice.

Morgan, Niehaus and Van Horne are the only active broadcasters on the ballot. Kubek is the only other living candidate. Additional biographical information on the 10 finalists can be found at www.baseballhall.org.

Frick Committee voting members will cast their votes by mail in January. Results will be announced on February 19 with the recipient to be honored during 2008 Hall of Fame Weekend, July 25-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Voters are asked to base their selections on the following criteria: longevity, continuity with a club, honors (including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games) and popularity with fans.

This year's balloting process marked the fourth time fans had the opportunity to be a part of selecting the final ballot for the award, after changes to the voting process implemented by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors to the voting process in 2003. More than 65,000 votes have been cast each year in the four years of the online ballot component.

"Because baseball broadcasters have been one of the strongest links between the game and its fans since the 1920s, we wanted to give the fans a say in which broadcasters advance to the final ballot," said Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark. "Those who have been honored with the Frick Award, as well as the six historians chosen, have a superior knowledge of broadcasting history, and we are delighted they will bestow this honor annually to a legendary voice of the game."

To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two. In 2007, 200 broadcasters were eligible for consideration for the award, with bios of each candidate appearing at the Hall of Fame's Web site.

The annual award is named in memory of Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick, renowned sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and baseball commissioner. Past recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award:


Ford C. Frick Award Recipients
1978 Mel Allen 1988 Lindsey Nelson 1999 Arch McDonald
Red Barber 1989 Harry Caray 2000 Marty Brennaman
1979 Bob Elson 1990 By Saam 2001 Felo Ramirez
1980 Russ Hodges 1991 Joe Garagiola 2002 Harry Kalas
1981 Ernie Harwell 1992 Milo Hamilton 2003 Bob Uecker
1982 Vin Scully 1993 Chuck Thompson 2004 Lon Simmons
1983 Jack Brickhouse 1994 Bob Murphy 2005 Jerry Coleman
1984 Curt Gowdy 1995 Bob Wolff 2006 Gene Elston
1985 Buck Canel 1996 Herb Carneal 2007 Denny Matthews
1986 Bob Prince 1997 Jimmy Dudley
1987 Jack Buck 1998 Jaime Jarrin

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