When it comes to quality broadcasting and play-by-play announcers, many would agree that Dan Shulman ranks up among the best that have done it for the Toronto Blue Jays over the years. With his accurate game calling, professionalism and insightful commentary, it has been a pleasure to follow along with at home for Jays fans everywhere.
Now, Shulman’s great baseball work has also been recognized at a more grand stage, as he has been recently nominated for the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award from the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually to a broadcaster for their major contributions to baseball. In order to be taken into consideration for the award, all nominees must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcasting service with either a baseball club or network, or a combination of both.
The Ford C. Frick Award will be presented during the Hall of Fame Weekend, in which the winner will receive a calligraphy of the award, along with being etched into history on a plaque by becoming a part of the “Scribes and Mikemen” exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Previous Blue Jays broadcasters that have won the award in the past include Tony Kubek and the late Tom Cheek. Kubek worked as part of the Jays’ broadcast on TSN and CTV from 1977 to 1989, whereas the legendary Cheek had been a cornerstone of the Jays’ radio broadcast from their inaugural season in 1977 all the way to his eventual retirement in 2004. His historical call on Joe Carter’s magical game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series will forever be etched in hearts of players and baseball fans everywhere.