Many Dodgers on Frick ballot

Twenty-three current and former Dodgers and Dodgers broadcasters are on the ballot for the next Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. The includes Hall of Famers pitcher Don Drysdale; shortstop Pee Wee Reese and pitcher Waite Hoyt; current broadcasters Rick Monday, Charley Steiner and Al Downing; former play-by-play announcer Ross Porter; and longtime Spanish broadcasters Rene Cardenas and Jose Garcia. Also included are Dodger Hall of Famers Duke Snider and George Kell.

Others include: Ken Brett, Rene Cardenas, Connie Desmond, Jerry Doggett. Al Helfer, Jean-Pierre Roy, Al Downing, Ron Fairly, Tommy Hutton, Ryan Lefebvre (Jim's son), Tom Paciorek, Joe Simpson and Alex Trevino.

Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a club, network, or a combination of the two.

The final ballot will be comprised of the three fan selections, along with seven other candidates, determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The Frick electorate includes all living Award winners and six historians appointed by the Hall of Fame.

The voting electorate consists of 20 members, featuring Dodger Ford C. Frick Award winner Vin Scully. Six historians and veteran media members are also part of the electorate.

Final results will be announced at the Hall of Fame's Web site in February. Each voter will cast ballots for three candidates and the broadcaster with the most support will be named as that year's award winner, and be honored the following summer at the annual induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

Dodgers broadcasters have won the Frick Award three times -- Red Barber, Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin. Another Hall of Famer, Ernie Harwell, worked in the Dodgers booth for two seasons (1948-49).

KEN BRETT: 10 seasons (played for Dodgers 1979) and retired…Former major leaguer worked as a color commentator on radio and television…Played for 10 teams over 14 big league seasons…Older brother of Hall of Famer George Brett.

RENE CARDENAS: 38 years (broadcast for Dodgers, 1958-61 and 1982-98; Astros and Rangers) and retired…Created the first Spanish-language MLB broadcasts in 1958, teaming with 1998 Ford C. Frick recipient Jaime Jarrin for the new West Coast Dodgers…Conceived of, and organized the first international Broadcasting Network in Spanish from Houston to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America…From 1982-98 he again teamed with Jarrin on Dodger broadcasts.

CONNIE DESMOND: 15 years (broadcast for Dodgers, 1943-56) and retired…One of the rare few to broadcast for all three New York teams -- the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees…Came to New York in 1942 and teamed with Mel Allen on the Yankees/Giants…Turned to Dodgers' games from 1943-56 with Red Barber, Ernie Harwell and Vin Scully…Teamed with Barber, Scully and Harwell on the first live coast-to-coast Baseball telecasts.

JERRY DOGGETT: 32 years, all with Dodgers and retired…Texas native began broadcasting career in 1938…Moved to Dallas in 1941 and spent 15 years there before joining Dodgers late in 1956 season…Versatile announcer of Southwest Conference football, Ryder Cup golf, basketball, and hockey…Teamed with legendary Vin Scully for his entire Dodgers career, retiring in 1987…Died in 1997 at age 80.

DON DRYSDALE: 23 years total, for several teams and retired…Pitched for Dodgers from 1956-69, winning 209 games and setting records with six straight shutouts and 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968…Elected to Hall of Fame in 1984…Began announcing career with Montreal Expos in 1970-71, followed by one year with Texas Rangers and eight years with California Angels…Did national telecasts for ABC-TV for a decade beginning in 1977…Broadcaster for Chicago White Sox from 1982-87, then rejoined Dodgers in 1988, teaming with Vin Scully for six years until his sudden death during 1993 season…High point came with Dodgers in 1988, when he announced all games of Orel Hershiser's assault on scoreless inning streak mark, openly rooting for Hershiser to break his own record.

JOSE GARCIA: 11 years, all with the Dodgers (1962-72) and retired…Brought Dodger games to Spanish-speaking fans for 11 years...his career was cut short by illness in 1972 ... native of Nicaragua...Often broadcasted winter league games in Latin America... Teamed with 1998 Frick Award Winner Jaime Jarrin.

AL HELFER: 23 years (Pirates, 1933-34; Reds, 1935-36; Yankees, 1937-38; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939-41, 1955-57, Pirates, Giants, Phillies, Houston, Oakland and Mutual, and retired…In 1950, began a five-year stint calling the Mutual "Game of the Day," where he got his nickname "Mr. Radio Baseball"…At its peak during Helfer's tenure, the "Game of the Day" had almost 1,500 radio outlets throughout the world…Claimed to have formed, with Red Barber, the first play-by-play broadcast team…Broadcast 14 no-hitters, the last being Catfish Hunter's perfect game in 1968, as well as Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no-hitter in 1938…Passed away on May 16, 1975.

WAITE HOYT: 25 seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds (1942-65, 1972), pitched for Brooklyn 1932, 1937-38 and retired…Made a successful transfer to the Cincinnati broadcast booth after 20 years as a Hall of Fame pitcher… Was the last of the Major League announcers to abandon telegraphic recreations of away games.

GEORGE KELL: 37 years, all with the Tigers (1959-63, 1965-96), and retired…was a Brooklyn Dodger minor league player.

ROSS PORTER: 28 years (1977-2004), all with Los Angeles, and retired…In addition to television play-by-play duties, hosted the Dodgers' postgame "DodgerTalk" Show…Provided play-by-play for the 1977 and 1978 World Series and the 1984 NL Championship Series on CBS Radio and the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers' flagship station…Won the Southern California Sportscaster Association's Tom Harmon Award for Radio Sports Anchor in 1991 and Radio Talk Show Host award in 1992 and 1993…A play-by-play announcer since the age of 14, the University of Oklahoma graduate is the only broadcaster to have called the action for both a World Series champion (1981 and 1988 Dodgers) and an NCAA basketball champion (1990 UNLV)…Won an Emmy during his 10-year stint as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV before joining the Dodgers…Called NFL games for NBC-TV from 1970-76.

PEE WEE REESE: 11 years, mostly on network television…played 16 years in majors leagues all with the Dodgers…long-time team captain, led Dodgers to seven National League pennants…compiled 2,170 hits, but best known for leadership role in accepting Jackie Robinson as team member starting in 1947…elected to Hall of Fame in 1984…retired in 1958, and in 1960 joined CBS-TV announcing team, partnered with Dizzy Dean on "Game of the Week" telecasts…after six years with CBS, teamed with Curt Gowdy on NBC's "Game of the Week" telecasts for three years…also did Cincinnati Reds telecasts for two years.

JEAN-PIERRE ROY: Pitched for Brooklyn in 1946. 16 seasons and retired, with the Montreal Expos (1969-83) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1978)…Worked the French language broadcasts for the two Canadian teams.

DUKE SNIDER: 17 years, mostly with the Montreal Expos…played 18 years in major leagues, mostly with the Dodgers…center fielder hit team record 389 home runs and hit 407 career home runs…twice hit four home runs in a World Series…retired in 1964, and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980…from 1969-71, was radio-television broadcaster and batting coach for San Diego Padres…managed in minors in 1972, then joined Expos radio-television team in 1973…partnered with Dave Van Horne, he stayed with Expos through 1986 season, acting as part-time batting instructor in addition to announcing…heart problems forced his retirement.

AL DOWNING: 26 years (earned comeback player of the year honors with Dodgers, 1971; CBS Radio, 1994-97, Braves, 2000) 22 with the Los Angeles Dodgers…From 1971-91, served as an analyst for Dodgers home games…Also worked on CBS Radio's Game of the Week from 1994-97 and then for the Braves as a television analyst in 2000…Pitched 17 years in major leagues…gave up Hank Aaron's 715th career home run in 1974…Dodgers television commentator from 1978-88 and 1991-92…Also worked for KABC radio in Los Angeles from 1984-87.

RON FAIRLY: 24 years (Angels, 1982-86; Giants, 1987-92; Mariners, 1993 - ), the last 13 with the Mariners…Played for Dodgers 1958-59… From 1982-86 teamed with Bob Starr to broadcast Angels games on KMPC….Then moved to San Francisco, where he handled the Giants play-by-play and color duties on both radio and television for six years…A two-time All-Star, played in four World Series.

TOMMY HUTTON: 24 years (Expos, 1982-86; Yankees, 1987-89; Blue Jays, 1990-96; Marlins, 1997-), the last nine with the Marlins as a television analyst...Played with Dodgers 1966 and 1969…Worked as the color analyst for the 2000 National League Championship Series and World Series for Major League Baseball International…Also played for the Phillies, Blue Jays and Expos.

RYAN LEFEBVRE: 11 years (1995 - ), the last seven in the Royals radio booth…First four seasons were with the Twins (1995-98), after being hired at the age of 24, one year after graduating from college…The son of former big league player and manager Jim Lefebvre.

RICK MONDAY: 21 years (Padres, 1989-92; Dodgers, 1985-88, '93- ), 17 with the Dodgers including the last 13…Began broadcasting career by calling play-by-play and hosting the pregame show for Dodger games…Nominated for an Emmy as host of the Dodgers' pregame show on KTTV's "Dodger Central" in 1988…Also a color commentator for CBS-TV at the College World Series championship game in 1988...19 seasons as a major league outfielder with Kansas City/Oakland, the Cubs and the Dodgers.

TOM PACIOREK: 18 years overall (White Sox, 1988-99; Tigers, 2000; Braves, 2001 - ), the last five with the Braves TV…Played for Dodgers 1970-75, also played with Braves, Mariners, White Sox, Mets and Rangers…His first broadcasting experience came in 1984 with the White Sox and again in 1987 with the Rangers, both occurring when he was on the disabled list.

JOE SIMPSON: 19 years (Mariners, 1987-91; Braves, 1992 - ), the last 14 with Atlanta…third-round pick of Dodgers, played 1975-78, also played with Mariners and Royals…Served as an analyst for the Seattle Mariners telecasts from 1987-91…Earned the prestigious Georgia Sportscaster of the Year for the first time in his career in 1996.

CHARLEY STEINER: 10 years consecutive years, with the Dodgers (2005 - ); Yankees (2002-04); and ESPN (14 years)…Prior to joining the Dodgers, spent three seasons on New York Yankee broadcasts for WCBS Radio and the YES network….With ESPN, the Emmy-award winning broadcaster served as a SportsCenter anchor, baseball and football commentator, and baseball and boxing reporter.

DON SUTTON: 17 years, all as a voice of the Braves…His previous broadcast experience includes pre- and post-game analysis for NBC's coverage of the 1987 League Championship Series and a stint as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles…Played for Dodgers 1966-80 and 1988, winning club record 233 games…Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998…A four-time National League All-Star and one of Major League Baseball's all-time winningest pitchers…Also pitched for the Astros, Brewers, Athletics and Angels between 1966 and 1988.

ALEX TREVIÑO: 10 years, all with the Astros on the team's Spanish Radio Network…Played in Los Angeles, 1986-87. …A native of Monterrey, Mexico, spent 13 seasons in the majors, primarily as a catcher.