Maddux, Glavine, Thomas voted to Hall of Fame

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas voted to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Long-time Atlanta Braves pitching teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas have been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Eric Nadel selected to receive baseball's Frick Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Eric Nadel, who has broadcast Texas Rangers games on radio since 1979, has been selected to receive the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award.

Baseball announcer McCarver to retire

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- Longtime baseball announcer and former all-star catcher Tim McCarver said Wednesday he's retiring from the Fox Sports broadcast booth after this season.

Henderson, Rice make it into Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Base-stealing whiz Rickey Henderson and power-hitting Jim Rice have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, officials announced Monday.

Seattle's Niehaus wins Frick Award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Dave Niehaus, who has broadcast Seattle Mariners games since the team began play in 1977, has been selected to receive the Ford C. Frick Award.

Baseball top broadcaster ballot adds three

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Baseball broadcasters Joe Nuxhall, Bill King and Joe Morgan were added to the ballot for the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award Tuesday, inserted by online fan voting.

Vin Scully gets new contract with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday extended the contract of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully through the 2008 season.

Broadcaster Jerry Coleman wins Frick award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Longtime San Diego Padres play-by-play announcer Jerry Coleman is the winner of the 2005 Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to baseball broadcasting.

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Legendary sportscaster Jack Buck dies at 77

Legendary sportscaster Jack Buck dies

ST. LOUIS, June 19 (UPI) -- The family of late Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck and the St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that a public viewing and memorial service for Buck will t

Legendary sportscaster Jack Buck dies

ST. LOUIS, June 19 (UPI) -- Jack Buck, a legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster who had been announcing St. Louis Cardinals games for nearly 50 years, died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Tuesday ni

Legendary sportscaster Jack Buck dies

ST. LOUIS, June 19 (UPI) -- Jack Buck, a legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster who had been announcing St. Louis Cardinals games for nearly 50 years, died Tuesday night. He was 77.

Phillie broadcaster gets Frick Award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who has called baseball for more than four decades, on Thursday was named the 2001 winner of the Ford C. Frick Aw
Ford C. Frick
National Baseball Hall of Fame's newest award winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews, delivers his speech in Cooperstown, New York on July 29, 2007. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Ford Christopher Frick, born in Wawaka, Indiana, (December 19, 1894 – April 8, 1978) was an American sportswriter and executive who served as president of the National League from 1934 to 1951 and as the 3rd Baseball Commissioner from 1951 to 1965. His most highly criticized decision as commissioner was to convince baseball record-keepers to list the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris separately in 1961, based on the length of the season played. Later it was revealed that Frick had served as a ghostwriter for Ruth earlier in his career. Ultimately, the "asterisk" was struck from the record book; the point is now a less contentious one, as three players have eclipsed the single-season totals of Ruth and Maris.

Frick attended DePauw University in Indiana, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He had begun his career as a midwestern sportswriter and had moved to New York to work with William Randolph Hearst's newspapers. Later he pioneered the daily radio sports report, broadcasting sports scores and news. In 1934 he became the National League's public relations director, and then became president of the league later that year. In the late 1930s, Frick played a central role in establishing the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Later during his tenure as National League president, when several members of the St. Louis Cardinals planned to protest Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's color barrier, Frick threatened any players involved with suspension. In 1951, he succeeded Happy Chandler as commissioner of baseball. His critics accused him of favoring the NL in his rulings, such as how the 1960s expansion teams would be stocked.

Frick was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1970. The Hall of Fame created the Ford C. Frick Award in 1978 to honor his name, and presents the award annually to a baseball broadcaster for major contributions to the game.

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