Texas Rangers Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Eric Nadel Elected to Hall of Fame
Wednesday, at Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award was announced. The winner: Eric Nadel from the Texas Rangers.
“I’m very proud and I’m grateful beyond words for having a chance to do this for a living,” said Nadel. The 2013 season marked Nadel’s 35th year of broadcasting Rangers baseball. The last 19 season he’s been the play-by-play voice for Rangers radio broadcasts.
The other nine finalists for the 2014 Frick award were Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eduardo Ortega, Mike Shannon, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren.
“I congratulate my friend Eric Nadel on winning the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award,” said former President George W. Bush to MLB.com, who was once an owner of the Rangers. “For more than 30 years, Eric has brought the Texas Rangers and the great game of baseball to fans all over the Southwest. His passion for the sport is evident in every broadcast. Any announcer can call a game, but Eric brings his listeners into the stadium. He is a wonderful ambassador for our national pastime.”
The Frick Award is presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nadel will be enshrined with a bronze plaque in the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will occur in Cooperstown on July 26.