LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Texas Rangers radio play-by-play voice Eric Nadel has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. He will be honored on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y., as part of Hall of Fame weekend.
This was Nadel's fourth consecutive year as a finalist for the award, given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Next season will be Nadel's 20th as the lead voice on radio broadcasts and 36th year of broadcasting Rangers baseball. It's the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second-longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League. He was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2012.
Nadel joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio during his first three seasons. Starting in 1982, he and Mark Holtz were the radio duo for 13 seasons before Holtz, who passed away in 1997, moved over to television in 1995.
Nadel called the final outs of Game 6 of the 2010 and 2011 AL Championship Series, wins that sent the franchise to its only two trips to the World Series. He also called Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout (Aug. 22, 1989) and Texas' record 30-run game at Baltimore in 2007.
Nadel, a graduate of Brown, got his start calling football and hockey games on the university's radio station. He also had stints with minor league hockey teams in Minnesota and Oklahoma City before landing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.