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The Ford C. Frick Award is named after Commissioner Ford Frick, who began his involvement with baseball as a member of the media. It has been awarded annually for "meritorious service by baseball broadcasters" since 1978. The winner's name is inscribed on a plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame and are honored at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that follows the announcement of the award.

Often, winners of the Frick Award are introduced as a "Hall of Famer;" this is incorrect as Frick Award winners are not inducted to the Hall of Fame. It is, however, the highest award given to broadcasters by the Hall of Fame. To date, no broadcaster has been elected to the actual Hall.

Traditionally, winners of the Frick Award are living broadcasters. It has only been awarded posthumously three times, to Russ Hodges, Bob Prince, and Arch McDonald.

Since the 2004 election, the Hall of Fame has allowed fans to winnow the list of nominees from ten to three. After the internet voting, a committee of twenty, composed of past winners and other media personalities, selects the recipient. The winner was usually announced in February, although the format for the internet vote and the date of the award's announcement has varied considerably in recent years, with the Winter Meetings in early December being the most recent venue, along with a announcement of the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award given out to print writers, and of persons elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

Winners may also be elected to other media Hall of Fames, most notably the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in Salisbury, North Carolina.

[edit] Award Winners

Year Winner(s)
1978 Mel Allen and Red Barber
1979 Bob Elson
1980 Russ Hodges
1981 Ernie Harwell
1982 Vin Scully
1983 Jack Brickhouse
1984 Curt Gowdy
1985 Buck Canel
1986 Bob Prince
1987 Jack Buck
1988 Lindsey Nelson
1989 Harry Caray
1990 Byrum Saam
1991 Joe Garagiola
1992 Milo Hamilton
1993 Chuck Thompson
1994 Bob Murphy
1995 Bob Wolff
1996 Herb Carneal
1997 Jimmy Dudley
1998 Jaime Jarrin
1999 Arch McDonald
2000 Marty Brennaman
2001 Felo Ramirez
2002 Harry Kalas
2003 Bob Uecker
2004 Lon Simmons
2005 Jerry Coleman
2006 Gene Elston
2007 Denny Matthews
2008 Dave Niehaus
2009 Tony Kubek
2010 Jon Miller
2011 Dave Van Horne
2012 Tim McCarver
2013 Eric Nadel
2014 Dick Enberg
2015 Graham McNamee
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