Pat Hughes is a Finalist for the Hall of Fame's 2023 Ford C. Frick Award

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Pat Hughes is a Finalist for the Hall of Fame’s 2023 Ford C. Frick Award

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Chicago Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes, recently inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, will now have a chance to also be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hughes is among the 10 finalists for the 2023 Ford C. Frick Award, presented for excellence in broadcasting:

From the announcement:

The 10 finalists for the 2023 Frick Award are: Dave Campbell, Joe Castiglione, Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Jerry Howarth, Pat Hughes, Ernie Johnson Sr., Duane Kuiper and Steve Stone. The winner of the 2023 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego and will be honored during the July 22 Awards Presentation as part of the July 21-24 Hall of Fame Weekend 2023 in Cooperstown. All of the 2023 Frick Award candidates are living except for Johnson.

Criteria for selection is as follows: “Commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.”

To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.

The 2023 Frick Award ballot was created by a subcommittee of the voting electorate that included past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Ken Harrelson and Eric Nadel, and broadcast historians David J. Halberstam and Curt Smith.

Final voting for the 2023 Frick Award will be conducted by an electorate comprised of the 12 living Frick Award recipients and three broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Brennaman, Bob Costas, Harrelson, Jaime Jarrín, Tony Kubek, Denny Matthews, Tim McCarver, Al Michaels, Jon Miller, Nadel, Bob Uecker and Dave Van Horne, and historians/columnists Halberstam (historian), Barry Horn (formerly of the Dallas Morning News), and Smith (historian).

Beloved Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes has been calling MLB games for 40 years, starting his career with the Twins, and ultimately serving as the radio voice of the Cubs for the last 27 seasons. HONOR HIM!!!


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Author: Brett Taylor

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