The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting the cycle for the Class of 2013. The Ford C. Frick Award, given each year as a baseball announcer lifetime achievement, is asking fans to select the Top 40 from the Hall’s Facebook page.
The Facebook ballot includes 222 radio and television broadcasters. Among the list are several with notable careers behind the mic in New York. For example, Ken Singleton, the longtime Yankee analyst (and occasional play-by-play man), from MSG Network and YES Network, since its inception in 2002, is on the ballot.
Yankee fans can also choose veteran radio voice John Sterling, calling game every since 1989. His former on-air partner Charley Steiner is on the first ballot. Steiner now handles the Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play work.
Vintage Yankee announcer Bill White is back on the list. White, as he was affectionately known by Phil Rizzuto, was joined in the booth by Rizzuto and Frank Messer throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
And Rizzuto is on the ballot as well. Fans will recall the Scooter was inducted into the Hall in 1994 as the legendary Yankees shortstop.
On the Mets’ side, Gary Thorne is among those on the initial ballot. Thorne called four seasons of the Mets on radio, highlighted by “miracle” finish to 1986. Longtime Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen is part of the first ballot. He joined the Mets broadcast booth in 1989. In 2006, Cohen was named a lead voice on their new TV channel, SNY.
After reducing the field to 40, ultimately, the top three and an additional seven selected by a panel going to the final ballot on October 9th.
The winner will be announced at the Winter Meetings in Nashville December 3 to 5.