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Former Reds player, broadcasters lose out on Frick Award

Former Reds player/broadcaster Joe Morgan, along with former Cincinnati broadcasters Al Michaels and Pee Wee Reese, were among Frick Award finalists (MGN Online)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP/WKRC) - Bob Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence.

The honor was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Popular and successful at calling the Olympics and other sports, the 65-year-old Costas flourished over four decades of baseball work, using his familiar voice to paint word pictures of the national pastime.

Starting out at NBC in the early 1980s, Costas has handled play-by-play and pregame assignments at the World Series, postseason and regular season over the years. A 28-time Emmy Award winner, he has called games and been a documentary host for the MLB Network for nine seasons.

Costas was among eight broadcasters on the Frick ballot who were selected for their work on a national level.

Among the others considered by a 15-member panel were Al Michaels and Joe Buck, along with Hall of Fame players Joe Morgan, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese.

Morgan, a second baseman who was enshrined into Cooperstown as a player in 1990, played with the Reds from 1972 to 1979. He was named an All-Star in each of his eight seasons in Cincinnati and won back-to-back MVP awards as a key member of the Big Red Machine. Morgan was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and his number 8 was retired by the Reds in 1998. Morgan started his broadcasting career with the Reds in 1985.

Michaels was the team's radio broadcaster for the Reds from 1971 to 1973, giving way to Marty Brennaman.

Reese, a Hall of Fame player, was a Reds television broadcaster in 1969 and 1970.

Costas will be honored on July 28 during induction weekend at Cooperstown, New York.


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