Kubek falls short of Frick Award
Mariners broadcaster Niehaus to be honored on July 27
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Yankees player and broadcaster Tony Kubek fell short in voting for this year's Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball."
This year's recipient, longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, will be honored during the 2008 Hall of Fame Weekend on July 27 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Kubek, who won the 1957 American League Rookie of the Year Award, was a three-time All-Star who played all nine of his seasons with the Yankees. He appeared in six World Series, winning in 1958, '61 and '62.
After retiring in 1965, he joined NBC Sports for that year's postseason. Kubek remained with NBC for 24 years as a color commentator, teaming with Joe Garagiola on the Game of the Week broadcast.
Kubek also served as a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-89, then with the Yankees from 1990-94 before retiring. In nine years with the Yankees, Kubek hit .266 with 57 home runs and 373 RBIs, playing 882 of his 1,087 games at shortstop.
A 20-member electorate, comprised of the 14 living Frick Award recipients and six historians/columnists, selected Niehaus from a group of 10 finalists.
Members are Frick honorees Denny Matthews, Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Milo Hamilton, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Vin Scully, Harry Kalas, Felo Ramirez, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff.
Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of New York Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times) also voted.
Frick Award winners are honored in the "Scribes and Mikemen" exhibit between the Hall of Fame gallery and the Bart Giamatti Library of the museum.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.