Rangers radio broadcaster Eric Nadel, who is already a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame later this year and was a finalist for both the 2011 and 2012 Ford C. Frick Awards. Only one other announcer in the American League, Denny Matthews in Kansas City, has a longer continuous stint with one team than Nadel, who's been at it for 34 years with the Rangers.
On Thursday, fans can join Nadel in celebrating his birthday with a live-music benefit at The Kessler Theater in Dallas. Daphne Willis, whose music was featured on the TV show "One Tree Hill," headlines the performance in support of nonprofit organizations CONTACT and To Write Love on Her Arms. Ray Johnston Band, a local favorite, is the opener.
CONTACT is dedicated to helping people from teens to seniors facing daily life challenges through 24-hour confidential listening and a connection to resources and emergency assistance. To Write Love on Her Arms helps those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
Tickets are available for less than $20, and all net proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the two nonprofits.