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.
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.