On Wednesday, the current voice of the Florida Marlins won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
“This is the highest award a baseball broadcaster can receive. I am obviously thrilled, humbled and very excited. It is the professional highlight of my career,” he told media during a conference call announcing the news. “I am humbled to be among those people that are previous winners of this award. This was a very overwhelming and emotional day.”
Van Horne was up for the award in 2009 as well. At the time, his radio broadcast booth partner Glenn Geffner said some nice things about the announcer:
“He’s a pros pro. You look at even after 40 years, the way he prepares for every broadcast. That’s one of the things that has amazed me, working with him for the first time, to see how much time and effort he puts into every individual broadcast.”
If nothing else, Van Horne looks like a very, very nice person.