COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Eric Nadel, a 1972 graduate of Brown University and the longtime voice of the Texas Rangers, received the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award on Saturday, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Nadel accepted the annual Frick Award at Doubleday Field on Saturday during the Hall of Fame Presentation, as part of 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend. Nadel became the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, after he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame's 20-member Frick Award Committee.
Nadel has been with the Texas Rangers for the past 36 years, including the last 19 years as the lead voice on Rangers radio broadcasts. After graduating from Brown in 1972 with a future set on sports broadcasting, Nadel was hired by the Rangers in 1979. Nadel paired with Mark Holtz on Rangers radio broadcasts for 12 years, before he was named the lead voice in 1995. He went on to call several historic baseball milestones, including a pair of American League pennants.
The Ford C. Frick Award is voted upon annually and is named in memory of the sportswriter, radio broadcaster, National League president and Baseball commissioner.
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