TORONTO - His first year working for the Texas Rangers in 1979, broadcaster Eric Nadel walked down the hallway of the Exhibition Stadium press box to introduce himself to Tom Cheek and Early Wynn.
His first year working Cleveland Indians games, Tom Hamilton headed next door to the Blue Jays’ booth to meet Jerry Howarth and Cheek in 1990, whom he found both to be gracious and accommodating.
“I thought it was up to me, I was the rookie,” said Hamilton. “Tom was one of the most influential people in my broadcasting career.”
Ford C. Frick winner Tony Kubek saw the Jays twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays.
“The first guys I went to see were the radio guys, then beat writers to find out what was going on, they saw the ups and downs of a team,” said Kubek.
Now Shirley Cheek is just days away from stepping to the podium at Doubleday Field to accept the Ford C. Frick award for her late husband.