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Frick Award to Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Texas Rangers play-by-play man Eric Nadel is the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson was one of 10 finalists.

Nadel will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation in July as part of Hall of Fame Weekend.

“Eric Nadel’s play-by-play has entertained Rangers fans across the Lone Star State and throughout the Southwest during warm Texas nights since 1979,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “From Nolan Ryan’s memorable milestones to American League Championship clinching moments, Eric’s crisp, energetic and enthusiastic delivery of Texas Rangers baseball has transcended multiple generations for 35 seasons.”

Because the Hall now groups the voting on a rotating category basis – Nadel was elected with “The High Tide Era” from 1980 to present announcers — it will be another three years before Harrelson is considered.