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The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the National Baseball Hall of Famemarker in the United Statesmarker to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." It is named for Ford Christopher Frick, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Before his career as an executive, Frick was a baseball writer; he gained fame as the ghostwriter for Babe Ruth in the 1920s.

In tribute to Frick, the award for career excellence in baseball broadcasting was created in . 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, although Frick Award honorees are eligible to serve on the special panels that elect non-players and players whose careers began before 1943.

Since , 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.

Recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award

See also


  1. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Hall of Famers FAQ

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