COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Broadcasting pioneers Graham McNamee
and Dizzy Dean are among the 10 finalists for the 2006 Ford C.
Frick Award, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said Tuesday.
Also on the list selected by a museum research committee are Ken Coleman, Tony Kubek, Tom Cheek, Gene Elston and Denny Matthews. The
ballot also features three candidates -- Bill King, Dave Niehaus and
Jacques Doucet -- chosen by fans in an online vote conducted in
November by the Hall of Fame.
Matthews, who has broadcast Kansas City Royals games for 37
years, and Niehaus, who also has been in the broadcast booth for 37
years calling Seattle Mariners games, are the only active
broadcasters on the ballot.
Frick Committee voting members will cast their votes by mail in
January, and results will be announced Feb. 21. The award will be
presented at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 31.
McNamee, who died in 1942, called the first 12 World Series and
generally is credited with the birth of live sports broadcasting in
this country. In 1923, McNamee, who also called games for 13
seasons for Westinghouse and NBC, reported the World Series between
the Yankees and the Giants from the Polo Grounds in New York.
Dean, already in the Hall of Fame as a player, spent 24 seasons
as a color man in St. Louis and nationally with Mutual Radio and
ABC/CBS Game of the Week, helping revolutionize baseball
broadcasts. He died in 1974.
Coleman, who died two years ago, spent 35 seasons with the
Indians (1954-63), Reds (1975-78) and Red Sox (1966-74, 1979-89).
Doucet spent all 34 years of his baseball broadcast career as
the play-by-play radio voice of the Montreal Expos on the French
network before retiring last year, while Elston spent 43 seasons
broadcasting the Cubs and Astros, Mutual Game of the Day, NBC Game
of the Week and CBS Game of the Week before retiring in the late
Kubek, now 69, was a star shortstop for the New York Yankees in
the 1960s, then spent 30 seasons nationally with the NBC Game of
the Week and the Blue Jays and Yankees as a color commentator.
Cheek and King died in a two-week span in October. Cheek spent
32 seasons covering the Montreal Expos (1974-76) and Toronto Blue
Jays (1977-2004), the last 28 seasons as the Jays' radio
play-by-play man before his death from brain cancer at age 66.
King, whose signature call of "Holy Toledo!" was a household
phrase for decades in the San Francisco Bay Area, spent 25 years as
the lead radio play-by-play man for the A's before his death at age
78 from complications following hip surgery.