The final ballot for the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award features 10 men, including three fan selections produced from online voting in September.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown annually presents the award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The 10 finalists for the 2014 Frick Award are Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.
Doucet, King and Kuiper emerged as the top three fan selections in the online voting at the Hall’s Facebook site, www.facebook.com/baseballhall. A total of 20,968 fan votes were cast.
The other seven candidates were chosen by a Hall of Fame research committee. With the exception of van Wieren and the late King, all broadcasters on the final ballot are active.
The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at the Baseball Winter Meetings. He also will be honored during the July 26 Awards Presentation, which is part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 in Cooperstown.
Final voting will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 16 living Frick Award recipients and five broadcast historians/columnists.
The 2014 Frick Award ballot highlights the High Tide Era, which features broadcasters whose main body of work came from the mid-1980s through the present.
The next Frick ballot will focus on the Living Room Era, with candidates whose most significant years fell during the mid-1950s through the early 1980s.
In the fall of 2015, candidates from the Broadcasting Dawn Era will be considered (earliest days of broadcasting to early 1950s).
To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ballclub, network, or a combination of the two. More than 160 broadcasters were eligible for consideration for the 2014 award based on these qualifications.