Tim, not Tom, for the Frick
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
DALLAS - Veteran TV analyst Tim McCarver won the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. McCarver was selected by a 20-man committee, which includes 15 former Frick winners plus five broadcasters and historians.
The award is presented excellence in broadcasting. McCarver will be honoured in July at Cooperstown, N.Y., when the late Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo will be inducted.
For the seventh time, former Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek was a finalist for the Frick, but failed to win. Montreal Expos’ Jacques Doucet was also a finalists.
Jays club physician, Dr. Ron Taylor knew both McCarver and Cheek well.
“Timmy and I were teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals and we’ve remained close friends. He was our No. 1 catcher when we won in 1964 and Bob Uecker was our No. 2 guy,” said Taylor from Toronto. Uecker also won the Frick for his year broadcasting the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I’m proud of Timmy winning the award, I hope it’s not too long before Tom gets his turn,” Taylor added. “They’re both well-deserving candidates. No question, Tom will be there eventually.”
Cheek passed away in 2005, after 27 years as the voice of the Jays.
“The way Tim broadcasts now, is the way he was in the dugout then. He knew everyone’s strength and weakness. I was a sinker, slider pitcher. I’d try to jam guys and he called pitches perfectly. We had some good players on that team, but Timmy was a leader. He kept us going with his receiving and his hitting.”
McCarver played 21 seasons in the majors, mostly with the St. Louis and the Philadelphia Phillies before moving into the booth. He has worked for three clubs, as well as being a national TV broadcaster.