Broadcasters nominated for Frick Award

Ten Dodgers broadcasters are on the ballot for the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award. Listed are the late Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale; the late Connie Desmond and the late Jerry Doggett; current broadcasters Rick Monday, Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons; former play-by-play announcer Ross Porter; former analyst Al Downing and longtime Spanish broadcasters Rene Cardenas and Jose Garcia.

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.

Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.

The award is presented annually during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Fans can determine three of the 10 candidates on the final ballot by voting at, beginning Thursday and throughout November. Active or retired broadcasters with a minimum of 10 years continuous broadcast service with a Major League club or a network or a combination of the two are eligible.

Fans may cast votes for as many as three broadcasters once daily, basing their decisions on four criteria: longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including awards and national assignments such as the World Series and All Star-Games; and popularity.

The final ballot of 10 candidates, to be announced in early December, will include the three fan selections and seven other candidates determined by a Hall of Fame staff research team. The Frick electorate includes all past winners and six historians appointed by the Hall of Fame.

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).

Drysdale, already a Hall of Famer from a Dodgers playing career in which he won 209 games, was a broadcaster for 23 years, including the last six with the Dodgers, until his sudden death during the 1993 season. He began his announcing career with the Montreal Expos in 1970-71, followed by one year with the Texas Rangers and eight years with the California Angels. He did national telecasts for ABC-TV for a decade beginning in 1977 and broadcast for the Chicago White Sox from 1982-87, then rejoined the Dodgers in 1988, teaming with Scully for six years.

Desmond -- the only announcer to work for the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers -- spent 14 years in the Dodgers booth with Barber, Harwell and Scully. The quartet participated in the first coast-to-coast baseball telecast. Desmond began his career as an announcer for the Toledo Mud Hens.

Doggett teamed with Scully in the Dodgers announcing booth for 32 years before retiring in 1987. His broadcasting career dated back to 1938 and included 15 years in Dallas before joining the Dodgers in 1956. In addition to baseball, Doggett announced Southwest Conference football, Ryder Cup golf, basketball and hockey. He died in 1997.

Porter was a member of the broadcast team along with Scully for 28 years. Porter holds the Major League record for the longest consecutive play-by-play by one announcer when he called the action in a 22-inning game between the Dodgers and Expos on Aug. 23, 1989. 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).

Monday, a veteran of 21 seasons on the field, also has been a Major League announcer for 22 years, 18 with the Dodgers. He was nominated for an Emmy as host of the Dodgers' pregame show on KTTV's "Dodger Central" in 1988 and was a color commentator for CBS-TV at the College World Series championship game in 1988.

Steiner just completed his second year as the Dodgers' play-by-play announcer after three seasons with the Yankees on WCBS and the YES Network and 14 years with ESPN. With ESPN, the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster served as a SportsCenter anchor, baseball and football commentator, and baseball and boxing reporter. He broadcast baseball on ESPN radio and was a frequent play-by-play commentator for ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasts.

Lyons just completed his second season with the Dodgers broadcasting team and 10th overall, having begun his FOX career as an analyst for the Saturday Baseball Game of the Week studio show, and made the transition to baseball analysis for FOX's game coverage in 1997. He also served as one of the primary anchors on the FOX Sports Net News Desk, broadcast nightly across all 21 FSN regions, and has earned an Emmy Award and two additional Emmy nominations during his tenure with the network.

Downing, a winner of 123 games on the mound, moved into the broadcast booth for 26 years, most of them as a commentator for the Dodgers. He also worked with KABC Radio on Dodgertalk call-in shows, did national broadcasts for CBS for four years and broadcast Atlanta Braves games in 2000.

Cardenas, who retired in 1998 after 21 years of play-by-play, created the first Spanish-language Major League broadcast in 1958 with the Dodgers. He left the organization and duplicated his pioneering achievements with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers before reuniting with Jarrin and the Dodgers in 1981.

Garcia retired in 1972 after 11 years on the Dodgers' Spanish-speaking broadcast. The native of Nicaragua also broadcast Winter League games in Latin America.