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Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick, the award's namesake

The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball". It is named for Ford C. Frick, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Before his career as an executive, Frick was a baseball writer; he gained fame as the ghostwriter for Babe Ruth in the 1920s. The award was created in 1978, and named in tribute to Frick following his death that year.

Though they are sometimes erroneously referred to as "Hall of Famers", honorees are not inducted into the Hall of Fame.[1] Honorees (if living) give a speech at the Hall of Fame during induction weekend, and their names are added to a plaque in the Hall's library. For several years in the early 2000s, Frick Award honorees also became life members of the Veterans Committee, which considers candidates for Hall of Fame induction who are not eligible for the regular voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America – specifically, players no longer on the BBWAA ballot and all non-players. However, starting with the 2008 elections, voting for players on the main Veterans Committee ballot was restricted to Hall of Fame members. After further changes announced for the 2011 elections, Frick Award winners are eligible to serve on of the voting bodies that replaced the Veterans Committee (currently four) that consider candidates from different eras of baseball.

From 2004 to 2016, fans were allowed to vote for three of the award's ten annual nominees; in the final years of fan voting, it was conducted on the Hall's Facebook page. Through 2013, seven candidates were selected by a committee consisting of previous Frick Award winners and broadcast historians and columnists, which also determined the final recipient. Beginning with the 2014 award, the final election committee no longer selects any of the finalists; that role is now handled by a Hall of Fame research committee.[2]

Other changes in the selection process were also announced for the 2014 award; these changes were similar to those instituted in 2010 for Veterans Committee balloting. From 2014 to 2016, candidates were considered every third year, based on the era in which they made their most significant contributions:[2]

  • "High Tide Era": Mid-1980s to present, including the rise of regional cable networks. Individuals from this era were considered for the 2014 award.
  • "Living Room Era": Mid-1950s to early 1980s, reflecting the rise of television. Individuals from this era were considered for the 2015 award.
  • "Broadcasting Dawn Era": Origin of broadcasting to early 1950s. Individuals from this era were first considered for the 2016 award.

More recently, the Hall announced further changes to the selection process in 2016 that took effect immediately, with the first award affected by these changes being that for 2017. Fan voting was eliminated, and the final ballot was cut from 10 to 8. Candidates are still considered every third year, but now in mostly different categories:[3]

  • "Current Major League Markets": Broadcasters who made their mark with one or more specific MLB teams. These individuals were first considered for the 2017 award.
  • "National Voices": Broadcasters who made their contributions with national media. These individuals were first considered for the 2018 award.
  • "Broadcasting Beginnings": Pioneers of baseball broadcasting, roughly covering the time span of the previous "Broadcasting Beginnings Era". These individuals will be first considered for the 2019 award.

Recipients

Year Honoree Primary Affiliation(s)
1978 Mel Allen New York Yankees
1978 Red Barber Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees
1979 Bob Elson Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Mutual
1980 Russ Hodges New York/San Francisco Giants
1981 Ernie Harwell Detroit Tigers
1982 Vin Scully Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, NBC, CBS Radio
1983 Jack Brickhouse Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox
1984 Curt Gowdy Boston Red Sox, NBC
1985 Buck Canel New York Yankees, New York Mets
1986 Bob Prince Pittsburgh Pirates
1987 Jack Buck St. Louis Cardinals, CBS
1988 Lindsey Nelson New York Mets
1989 Harry Caray St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs
1990 By Saam Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics
1991 Joe Garagiola NBC
1992 Milo Hamilton Houston Astros
1993 Chuck Thompson Baltimore Orioles
1994 Bob Murphy New York Mets
1995 Bob Wolff Washington Senators, NBC
1996 Herb Carneal Minnesota Twins
1997 Jimmy Dudley Cleveland Indians
1998 Jaime Jarrín Los Angeles Dodgers
1999 Arch McDonald Washington Senators
2000 Marty Brennaman Cincinnati Reds
2001 Felo Ramírez Florida Marlins
2002 Harry Kalas Philadelphia Phillies
2003 Bob Uecker Milwaukee Brewers
2004 Lon Simmons San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics
2005 Jerry Coleman San Diego Padres
2006 Gene Elston Houston Astros, CBS Radio
2007 Denny Matthews Kansas City Royals
2008 Dave Niehaus Seattle Mariners
2009 Tony Kubek Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, NBC
2010 Jon Miller Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, ESPN
2011 Dave Van Horne Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins
2012 Tim McCarver New York Mets, ABC, CBS, Fox
2013 Tom Cheek Toronto Blue Jays
2014 Eric Nadel Texas Rangers
2015 Dick Enberg California Angels, San Diego Padres, NBC
2016 Graham McNamee NBC Radio
2017 Bill King Oakland Athletics
2018 Bob Costas NBC, MLB Network

See also

References

General

Specific

  1. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Hall of Famers FAQ
  2. ^ a b "Baseball Hall of Fame Restructures Frick Award Selection Process" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. September 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Makes Series of Announcements" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. July 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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