Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ford Frick Award balloting underway

I just finished my first ballot for the Ford Frick Award at The fans get to choose three of the ten names that will appear on the ballot when it is sent to BBWAA. You can vote up to once a day in November.

I cast my three votes for Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Mike Shannon.

Candidate biography of Joe Buck:
16 years (1991 -), all with the Cardinals...Also FOX Sports lead baseball announcer, teaming with Tim McCarver...Has been with FOX for 11 seasons (1996 - )...Has won three Emmy Awards (1999, 2001-02)...Began with FOX at age 27, becoming the youngest play-by-play announcer to call a World Series since Vin Scully (25) in 1953...Has broadcast six World Series (1996, 98, 2000-03), seven LCS, six All-Star Games and Mark McGwire's 62nd home run in 1998...Began baseball broadcasting with the Louisville Redbirds in 1989...The son of Jack Buck.
Tim McCarver:
27 years, the last 11 (1996 - ) with FOX...Club experience with the Mets (1983-98), Yankees (1999-2001) and the Giants (2002), and, network experience with ABC (1984-89, '94), CBS (1990-93) and the Baseball Network (1994-95)...FOX's lead analyst, teaming with Joe Buck...Won three straight Emmys (2000-02) and has received 12 nominations as a network analyst...the only network baseball analyst to broadcast the last 15 regular and postseasons...Covered the '86 and '88 All-Star Games...Broke in as a broadcaster with the Phillies (1980-82), sharing booth space with Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn...Teamed with Jack Buck (1990-91) and the Sean McDonough (1992-93) for CBS...Played in 21 major league seasons (1959-80) and is one of seven modern-day players to play in four decades...Played in two All-Star games and won two World Series with the Cardinals.
Mike Shannon:
35 years, all with the Cardinals...The Cardinals radio announcer in KMOX, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his popularity and performance on the air and, as a player, on the field...Broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 1962 and went on to star for the Redbirds' World Series championship teams in 1964 and 1967, and their NL pennant winner in 1968...Joined the Cardinals' front office in 1971 as assistant director of promotions and sales.
I did consider voting for Charley Steiner considering that he went to Bradley University.

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