Graney, McNamee voted by fans to Hall ballot for Frick Award
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Jack Graney, Graham McNamee and Bert Wilson have been elected by fans to join seven other candidates on the ballot for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Graney, a former player, called Cleveland games from 1932-44 and 1946-53; McNamee worked for Westinghouse (1923-25) and NBC (1926-35), including 12 World Series; Wilson did Chicago Cubs games from 1944-55, starting by broadcasting from a rooftop behind Wrigley Field's bleachers.
The other finalists announced Tuesday are Harry Heilmann, Al Helfer, France Laux, Tom Manning, Rosey Rowswell, Hal Totten and Ty Tyson. The ballot for the 2016 honor includes candidates in the Broadcasting Dawn Era, defined as through the mid-1950s. The Hall said all 10 finalists are decreased.
Fans voted for their three nominees online at the Hall's Facebook page.
Eighteen people will select the winner: the 14 living Frick award recipients and four people regarded as historians. The winner will be announced Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be honored July 23 ahead of the Hall of Fame inductions.