Several baseball announcers with strong baseball ties to St. Louis — Joe Buck, Bob Costas and Dizzy Dean – are finalists this year for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Those three are joined by five other baseball announcers — Buddy Blattner, Don Drysdale, Al Michaels, Joe Morgan and Pee Wee Reese — in the running for the Hall of Fame honors, which will be part of induction ceremonies next summer in Cooperstown.
Buck is the son of Hall of Famer Jack Buck and a longtime voice of the Cardinals before taking on play-by-play responsibilities for Fox Sports on baseball and NFL telecasts.
Costas, who got his start at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, has been a play-by-play announcer and commentator for MLB and NBC, in addition to his studio host duties for the NFL and decades of Olympics coverage for the TV network.
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Dean was an analyst on Cardinals radio broadcasts after his Hall of Fame pitching career ended in the 1940s; he played for the Cardinals, St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs.
The others on the ballot:
▪ Blattner did Game of the Week telecasts for 26 seasons, for ABC, CBS and NBC.
▪ Drysdale, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, did national games for ABC in addition to his work in the Dodgers broadcast booth.
▪ Michaels has spent 25 years broadcast baseball games for NBC, ABC and The Baseball Network, including numerous postseason broadcasts.
▪ Morgan, a Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, was an analyst on ESPN baseball telecasts for several decades, in addition to work on NBC and ABC broadcasts.
▪ Reese, a Hall of Fame shortstop for the Dodgers, was an analyst on Game of the Week telecasts for CBS and NBC.
This year’s honoree will be chosen by a panel of the 11 living Ford C. Frick recipients and a number of baseball historians.
Past winners include Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Joe Garagiola, Tim McCarver, Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Curt Gowdy, Bob Prince and Ernie Harwell.