The 10 finalists for the 2013 Frick Award are Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, John Gordon, Bill King, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon and Dewayne Staats, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced today. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 and inducted into the Hall in July, 2013.
The final 10 came from a list of 41, that actually had been pared down from 200 candidates. The list of 41 included three broadcasters who have already been inducted as players — Bert Blyleven, Ron Santo and Phil Rizzuto — as well as former Dodgers broadcaster Jerry Doggett and long-time Angels broadcaster Dick Enberg, currently working for the San Diego Padres.
Fan voting put Cheek, King and Doucet onto the final 10 ballot. The other seven were picked by the Hall of Fame research committee. The 21-member electorate (16 living Frick Award winners, including Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin, plus five historians and columnists) will determine the winner.
The late Bill King may be the most familiar name to L.A. sports fans. He worked for 25 seasons (1981-2005) as the Oakland A’s lead play-by-play voice on radio as well as doing Los Angeles Raiders games when the team moved here from Oakland.