Saturday, November 03, 2007
Posted by OMDQ
Attention, baseball fans: for the entire month of November, you get to help choose the next recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award.
Well, sort of. Right now, there is a list of 200 broadcasters who are eligible to receive the award and have, I'm assuming, passed through some sort of rigorous screening process. Every day this month, fans can choose to cast votes for up to three, with the top three earning a place on the final ten person ballot that will be released December 5.
I toyed with the idea of posting my own top ten list here, but that can wait at least until the official ballot is released. In the meantime, let's share top threes - mine are, in no particular order:
Ned Martin (Boston Red Sox, 1961-92): You had to know there was gonna be a Sox announcer on any ballot I filled out. My sincerest apologies to Joe Castiglione and Ken Coleman that it couldn't be them.
Joe Nuxhall (Cincinnati Reds, 1967-2004): A win for Nuxhall would mean that the Reds had a pair of Hall of Fame announcers in the booth from 1974-2004; Marty Brennaman won the Frick award in 2000.
Tom Cheek (Montreal Expos, 1974-76; Toronto Blue Jays, 1977-2004): Called more than 4,300 consecutive games for the Blue Jays, from the team's first contest in 1977 to June 2004. Cal Ripken, eat your heart out.
Honorable Mention: Ray Fosse (something about the idea of Fosse being in the Hall while Pete Rose isn't makes me chuckle), Dave Niehaus (has been behind the mic for all of Seattle's 31 seasons) and Ralph Kiner (no one has ever been honored by the Hall as both a player and a broadcaster; by my count, there are sixteen Hall of Famers among the 200 names on this year's ballot).
Those are my choices. Who have you guys got?