Field of 75 set for Ford C. Frick Award
Fan voting on Hall of Fame's Facebook page starts Thursday
Beginning Thursday, fans will be able to vote online for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award -- a prestigious honor given to broadcasters -- by logging on to http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall.
Voting on the Hall of Fame's Facebook site will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30. The top three fan selections will appear on the final 10-name ballot for the award, which is selected by a 20-member electorate. The winner will be announced at baseball's Winter Meetings in Dallas in December.
The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, and is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ballclub, network or a combination of the two.
Fans can choose from this ballot of 75 eligible broadcasters, which includes a pair from each of the 30 big league markets, as well as traditional fan-ballot favorites:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Greg Schulte, Daron Sutton
Atlanta Braves: Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles: Joe Angel, Jim Hunter
Boston Red Sox: Joe Castiglione, Jerry Remy
Chicago Cubs: Pat Hughes, Ron Santo
Chicago White Sox: Ed Farmer, Ken Harrelson
Cincinnati Reds: Waite Hoyt, Joe Nuxhall
Cleveland Indians: Mike Hegan, Herb Score
Colorado Rockies: Jack Corrigan, Wayne Hagin
Detroit Tigers: George Kell, Jim Price
Florida Marlins: Tommy Hutton, Rick Waltz
Houston Astros: Bill Brown, Larry Dierker
Kansas City Royals: Ryan Lefebrve, Paul Splittorff
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Dick Enberg, Jose Mota
Los Angeles Dodgers: Rick Monday, Ross Porter
Milwaukee Brewers: Merle Harmon, Bill Schroeder
Minnesota Twins: Dick Bremer, John Gordon
New York Mets: Gary Cohen, Ralph Kiner
New York Yankees: Michael Kay, John Sterling
Oakland Athletics: Ray Fosse, Bill King
Philadelphia Phillies: Richie Ashburn, Chris Wheeler
Pittsburgh Pirates: Steve Blass, Lanny Frattare
San Diego Padres: Ted Leitner, Eduardo Ortega
San Francisco Giants: Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper
Seattle Mariners: Ron Fairly, Rick Rizzs
St. Louis Cardinals: Al Hrabosky, Mike Shannon
Tampa Bay Rays: Todd Kalas, Dewayne Staats
Texas Rangers: Mark Holtz, Eric Nadel
Toronto Blue Jays: Tom Cheek, Jerry Howarth
Washington Nationals: Bob Carpenter, Charlie Slowes
At-large candidates: Thom Brennaman, Joe Buck, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ned Martin, Buck Martinez, Tim McCarver, Al Michaels, Joe Morgan, Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, Phil Rizzuto, John Rooney, Steve Stone, Gary Thorne
The electorate includes 2011 Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Van Horne, as well as the other 14 living Frick Award members.
In 2011, Tom Cheek (who led with 11,661 votes), Bill King and Jacques Doucet earned spots on the final Frick Award ballot via fan voting, now in its ninth year.