Ford C. Frick Award

History of the Ford Frick Award

The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. It is named for Ford Christopher Frick, the former Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Before his career as an executive, Frick was a baseball writer who gained fame as a ghostwriter for Babe Ruth in the 1920s. The award was created in 1978 and named in tribute to Frick following his death that year.

Though they are sometimes erroneously referred to as "Hall of Famers", honorees are not inducted into the Hall of Fame. Honorees (if living) give a speech at the Hall of Fame during induction weekend, and their names are added to a plaque in the Hall's library. For several years in the early 2000s, Frick Award honorees also became life members of the Veterans Committee, which considers candidates for Hall of Fame induction who are not eligible for the regular voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America–specifically, players no longer on the BBWAA ballot and all non-players. However, starting with the 2008 elections, voting for players on the main Veterans Committee ballot was restricted to Hall of Fame members. After further changes announced for the 2011 elections, Frick Award winners are eligible to serve on all three of the Veterans Committee voting bodies that consider candidates from different eras of baseball.

Since 2004, fans have been allowed to vote for three of the award's ten annual nominees. The remaining seven candidates are selected by a committee consisting of previous Frick Award winners and broadcast historians and columnists.

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"Gene Elston's soothing voice and knowledgeable broadcasts helped educate and entertain generations of budding fans as baseball headed south. Today, the Houston area is one the real baseball hotbeds in the country, and Gene's influence for a quarter of a century is largely responsible. We can't wait to honor Gene and his family this summer in Cooperstown." - Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey (National Baseball Hall of Fame Newsletter, 02/22/2006)

Ford C. Frick Award

Microphone used by Ernie Harwell

Microphone used by Ernie Harwell / 1981 Ford C. Frick Wnner

In Chronological Order | Baseball Awards | Ford Frick Biography

1978
Mel Allen
New York Yankees
Red Barber
Brooklyn Dodgers / New York Yankees
1979
Bob Elson
Chicago Cubs / Chicago White Sox
1980
Russ Hodges
New York Giants / San Francisco Giants
1981
Ernie Harwell
Detroit Tigers
1982
Vin Scully
Brooklyn Dodgers/ Los Angeles Dodgers / NBC
1983
Jack Brickhouse
Chicago Cubs
1984
Curt Gowdy
Boston Red Sox / NBC
1985
Buck Canel
New York Yankees / New York Mets
1986
Bob Prince
Pittsburgh Pirates
1987
Jack Buck
St. Louis Cardinals / CBS
1988
Lindsey Nelson
New York Mets
1989
Harry Caray
St. Louis Cardinals / Chicago White Sox / Chicago Cubs
1990
By Saam
Philadelphia Phillies / Philadelphia Athletics
1991
NBC
1992
Milo Hamilton
Houston Astros
1993
Chuck Thompson
Baltimore Orioles
1994
Bob Murphy
New York Mets
1995
Bob Wolff
Washington Senators / NBC
1996
Herb Carneal
Minnesota Twins
1997
Jimmy Dudley
Cleveland Indians
1998
Jaime Jarrin
Los Angeles Dodgers
1999
Arch McDonald
Washington Senators
2000
Marty Brennaman
Cincinnati Reds
2001
Felo Ramirez
Florida Marlins
2002
Harry Kalas
Philadelphia Phillies
2003
Milwaukee Brewers
2004
Lon Simmons
San Francisco Giants
2005
San Diego Padres
2006
Gene Elston
Houston Astros / CBS Radio
2007
Denny Matthews
Kansas City Royals
2008
Dave Niehaus
Seattle Mariners
2009
NBC / Toronto Blue Jays
2010
Jon Miller
Baltimore Orioles / San Francisco Giants / ESPN
2011
Dave Van Horne
Montreal Expos / Florida Marlins
2012
New York Mets / ABC / CBS / FOX
2013
Tom Cheek
Toronto Blue Jays
2014
Eric Nadel
Texas Rangers
2015
Dick Enberg
Winner of 14 Emmy Awards, "Oh, my!"
2016
Graham McNamee
Pioneer Broadcaster / Celebrity Sportscaster
2017
Bill King
Oakland Athletics
2018
Bob Costas
Broadcaster - 40+ Years (NBC, MLB Network, Etc)
2019
Al Helfer
Eight Different MLB Teams (1933-1969)
2020
White Sox for 33 of his 42 years behind the mic
2021
Not Yet Determined
Announced in December 2020
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The winners of the Ford C. Frick Award are not truly "members" of the hall of fame . Their names are inscribed on an exhibit called "Scribes and Mikemen" outside of the main library at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ford Frick —this award is named in his honor—might be best thought of as the Commish of Major League Baseball , but did you know that he was originally a reporter who became a National League public relations officer?

When Harry Caray (recipient of the 1989 Ford C. Frick Award) passed away, the Chicago Cubs wore an honorary patch during the following season in his honor.

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