Cubs have many Ford Frick nominees
Santo, Hughes, Stone, others up for top broadcasting honor
CHICAGO -- Cubs voices Ron Santo, Pat Hughes and Steve Stone are among the nominees for the Ford C. Frick Award.
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." The award, named after the late broadcaster, National League President, Commissioner and Hall of Famer, has been presented annually since 1978. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with a calligraphy of the award during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Santo, who doesn't hide his feelings for his beloved Cubs, is coming off his 18th season as color commentator for WGN Radio. The former Cubs third baseman, who played for the team from 1960-73, is not only a booster of the team but also the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Santo has lost both of his legs because of complications with diabetes, but that hasn't slowed him down. He often sounds as if he'd like to jump out of the broadcast booth and back in uniform.
His annual Ron Santo "Walk for the Cure" walk-a-thon has raised more than $40 million since its inception in 1979.
Hughes has been Santo's play-by-play partner the last 12 seasons. He has been in the baseball broadcast booth for 25 years, including an extended stint with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1984-95. Hughes was named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 and 1999, and earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award honors three times (1990-1992).
Hughes also is producer of "Baseball Voices: Hall of Fame Series," which are compact discs that commemorate and pay tribute to announcers of the past. He has done CDs on Harry Caray, Jack Buck and Marty Brennaman so far.
Stone joined ESPN in 2005 after 20 seasons as a Cubs television broadcaster (1983-2000, 2003-04). He spent 15 years in the booth alongside Harry Caray before being paired with Chip Caray for the 1998-2000 seasons.
Winner of the 1980 American League Cy Young Award, Stone pitched in the Majors from 1971-81 for San Francisco, the White Sox, the Cubs and Baltimore.
Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse are past Frick Award winners. Besides Santo, Hughes and Stone, here is a list of some Cubs-related broadcasters who will be considered:
Lou Boudreau: Boudreau was a broadcaster for 33 years, all with the Cubs (1958-90). A Hall of Fame shortstop, Boudreau slipped comfortably into the booth in 1958 and remained there until 1990. He first joined the Cubs on WGN as a color sidekick for Jack Quinlan in 1958. Boudreau left broadcasting briefly in 1960 for a stint as the Cubs manager. He worked with Harry Caray, who called Lou his "cup of tea."
Pat Flanagan: Flanagan is one of a talented group of Chicago broadcasters who changed the way teams reached their fans over the radio. He covered the White Sox and the Cubs from 1929-43. Flanagan was one of the first to recreate road games from a Western Union ticket. He covered the first All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in 1933.
Vince Lloyd: Lloyd was a broadcaster for 32 years (1955-86), all in Chicago, with the White Sox (1955-64) and Cubs (1965-86). He began calling White Sox games on television with Brickhouse in 1955. Lloyd took over as the Cubs' lead play-by-play radio man in 1965, following the death of Jack Quinlan. After his career behind the microphone, he served as co-general manager of The Tribune Co. radio syndication, helping to expand the Cubs' affiliate network. He was the first announcer to interview an American president at a baseball game, John F. Kennedy, on Opening Day, April 10, 1961, in Washington.
Jack Quinlan: Quinlan was a broadcaster for 10 years (1955-64), all with the Cubs. His career ended tragically when he was killed in an automobile accident during Spring Training 1965. The voice of the Cubs teamed with Boudreau from 1958-64. He was the cross-town protégé of popular White Sox broadcaster, Bob Elston.
Hal Totten: Totten was a baseball broadcaster for 21 years (1924-50) and was the voice of baseball in Chicago with the Cubs (1924-44) and White Sox (1926-44). He helped solidify baseball on radio. He became the first regular-season radio announcer on April 23, 1924, calling the play-by-play of the Cubs' 12-1 win over the Cardinals on Chicago's WMAQ radio.
Bert Wilson: Wilson was a baseball broadcaster for 12 years with the Cubs (1944-55). He invented the catchphrase, "Bingo to Bango to Bilko," to describe double plays turned among Ernie Banks, Gene Baker and Steve Bilko. He was renowned for the phrase, "I don't care who wins, as long it is the Cubs." He began his broadcast career with WMT in Chicago, calling Cubs games from a rooftop behind the center-field bleachers.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.