Jack Graney Named One of Eight Ford C. Frick Award Finalists | Professional sports
FULTON – Former Cleveland Indians broadcaster Jack Graney was recently named one of eight finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, bestowed annually for baseball broadcast excellence by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Graney played his second season of minor league baseball for Class D Fulton of the Empire State League in 1906, according to Baseball Benchmark.
The native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, played 14 MLB seasons for Cleveland, then stopped by the broadcast booth to call their games for 21 years from 1932 to 1944 and again from 1946 to 1953, according to Baseball Hall. of Renowned site.
Graney is a “Broadcast Beginnings” nominee, intended to recognize industry pioneers, which is one of three categories considered in the three-year cycles for the Frick Award. The others are “Major League Markets” for team specific advertisers and “National Voices” for nationally recognized commentators.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 8 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., And will be recognized at the July 23 awards show as part of the Hall of Fame Weekend next year at Cooperstown.
Graney, who died April 20, 1978, was chosen to name the All-Star Game and the World Series in 1935.