St. Thomas, Ont., native Jack Graney needs your vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 Ford C. Frick Award. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer is one of more than 20 candidates from the “Broadcasting Dawn Era,” which encompasses those who could be heard on the airwaves during the early days of baseball to the 1950s, on the online ballot. After manning the outfield for parts of 14 seasons with the Cleveland Indians between 1908 and 1922, Graney became the first ex-player to make the transition to the broadcast booth, performing radio play-by-play for the Indians from 1932 to 1953. You can VOTE HERE for Graney once every 24 hours. The top three vote-getters from the fan balloting will then be part of a 10-name final ballot (The other seven finalists will be determined by a Hall of Fame research committee). The 2016 winner will ultimately be decided when the Frick Award’s official 19-member committee – which consists of the 15 living former recipients and four historians – votes in November. The winner will be announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December.
The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball.” The award, named after the late broadcaster, National League President, Commissioner, and Hall of Famer, has been presented annually since 1978.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum presents an award named in Jack’s honor to a media member who has made a significant contribution to the game of baseball in Canada through their life’s work. Jack was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel in 2012.
Learn more about Jack’s Hall of Fame career HERE.
Read Jack’s SABR bio HERE