Ten Dodgers Announcers on Frick Award List

Ten Dodgers broadcasters are on the ballot for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. Listed are the late Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale; the late Connie Desmond and the late Jerry Doggett; Rick Monday, Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons; former play-by-play announcer Ross Porter; former analyst Al Downing and Spanish broadcasters Rene Cardenas and Jose Garcia.

Balloting for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence begins Sept. 1 with the top three vote-getters by the fans automatically qualifying for the 10-member ballot that will be formulated by a 20-member committee and announced Oct. 6. The winner will be announced Dec. 9 at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and will receive the award during the induction ceremony July 26, 2009, at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Fans may vote for up to three of their favorites among 210 broadcasters eligible in balloting conducted exclusively on the Hall's Web site, baseballhalloffame.org which will carry biographical sketches of each candidate. Fans can vote up to once a day throughout September. Results will be announced when voting concludes Sept. 30.

There will be no updates provided during the voting period.

Dave Niehaus, the longtime voice of the Seattle Mariners, was the recipient in July 2008, which marked the 30th anniversary of the award that was first presented to legendary figures Mel Allen and Red Barber. The award was named for the late broadcaster, National League president, Commissioner and Hall of Famer. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame and helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.

The three broadcasters named to the ballot last year through online voting were the Cincinnati Reds' Joe Nuxhall, the Oakland Athletics' Bill King and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."

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

Drysdale, 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. Desmond began his career as an announcer for the Toledo Mud Hens.

Doggett teamed with Scully in the Dodgers booth for 32 years before retiring in 1987. His broadcasting career dated 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 Nevada-Las Vegas).

Monday, a veteran of 21 seasons on the field, also has been a Major League announcer for 24 years, 19 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 is in his fourth 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 is in his fourth season with the Dodgers' broadcasting team and 12th 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, retired in 1998 after 21 years of play-by-play, but unretired this year to broadcast selected games of the Houston Astros. He 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.

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