Former Yankee Broadcasters Named Finalists for Baseball Hall of Fame

By Jerry Barmash Comment

Ten finalists for this year’s Ford Frick Award have been revealed. A pair of one-time Yankee announcers are among the group seeking enshrinement in the broadcasters’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

DeWayne Staats called Yankee games on MSG Network from 1990 to 1994. He was at the mic when Jim Abbott hurled a no-hitter in 1993. Staats has been the Tampa Bay Rays TV play-by-play broadcaster since 1998, when the team joined the league.

In the mid 1980s, Yankee fans will recall, John Gordon was part of the famous radio booth that featured Phil Rizzuto and Bill White. Gordon spent 25 seasons as lead broadcaster on the Minnesota Twins radio coverage. He retired after the 2011 season.

The selection will be announced at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville on December 4. The induction ceremony takes place next summer in Cooperstown, New York.