Tom Cheek tribute: The Ford Frick file

National League president Ford Frick, watching a 1939 game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the...

National League president Ford Frick, watching a 1939 game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the hometown Cincinnati Reds from the roof of Crosley Field, was an honourable man, just like Tom Cheek, who will, posthumously, be presented with the award named after Frick. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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Who is this Ford C. Frick guy, anyways?

Some famous broadcaster?

An early radio pioneer who lugged engineering equipment from one end of major-league map (New York) to the other (St. Louis)?

Did he have a connection with the Ford automakers?

No, the man whom the award for baseball broadcasting excellence is named after was much more than that.

So, before Shirley Cheek accepts the Ford C. Frick Award nine days from now during an intimate gathering in front of roughly 4,000 fans and 40 Hall of Famers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, we thought you should know about Frick.

Jackie Robinson changed the game forever with the help of general manager Branch Rickey and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, by breaking the colour barrier which previously forced he, and others, to play in the Negro Leagues. Robinson signed with the Dodgers and played for triple-A Montreal in 1946.


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