Once again Dave Van Horne is one of the 10 finalist for Ford C. Frick award which is awarded for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The 10 finalists for the 2011 Frick Award are:Rene Cardenas, Tom Cheek, Dizzy Dean,Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Ned Martin, Tim McCarver, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadeland Dave Van Horne. The winner of the 2011 Frick Award will be announced on December 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., and honored during Hall of Fame Weekend, July 22-25, 2011, in Cooperstown.
Van Horne has spent 43 years in broadcasting for the Montreal Expos (1968-2000) and Florida Marlins (2001-present), the last 10 in Florida, following 33 seasons in Montreal as the English voice.
The criteria used to select the winner is as follows:
Voters are asked to base their selections on the following criteria: longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games; and popularity with fans.
The final voters on the award.
Final voting for the 2011 Frick Award will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 15 living Frick Award recipients and five broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honoreesMarty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Tony Kubek, Denny Matthews, 2010 Frick Award winner Jon Miller, Dave Niehaus, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, and historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC),Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of NY Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian) and Curt Smith (historian).
One of these years DVH will win the award. It is going to happen and maybe, just maybe, this is the year.
When he finally does win it, it will be richly deserved. I just hope he is inducted into the broadcasters wing of the Hall of Fame, while he is still active. It would be only fitting.
Good Luck DVH, were are pulling for you.