COOPERSTOWN, New York (WJW) – Some of Cleveland’s most beloved voices are getting national recognition.
Among this year’s finalists are play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians Tom Hamilton, Cleveland-native Steve Stone, and former Indian Duane Kuiper.
- Hamilton has been the voice of the Guardians on the radio for 33 seasons.
- Stone has worked 35 seasons on TV in Chicago, both with the Cubs and the White Sox. He has also called national broadcasts for ESPN and TBS.
- Kuiper has called games for 37 seasons, including 36 with the Giants on both radio and TV. This followed his career as a second baseman for Cleveland and San Francisco.
According to the Hall of Fame, the Ford C. Frick Award is an honor that requires a “commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.”
The complete list of finalists includes Dave Campbell, Joe Castiglione, Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Jerry Howarth, Pat Hughes, Ernie Johnson Sr., Duane Kuiper and Steve Stone.
All of the 2023 Frick Award candidates are living except for Johnson.
The winner will be announced in December.