OAKLAND -- Legendary A's announcer Bill King has once again been named one of 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, marking the fifth time he has been included on the final ballot.
Fans of the Bay Area great are hoping it's the last time, too, as his selection would instead ensure a permanent place in Cooperstown. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6 at the Winter Meetings.
Final voting for the award, presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 15 living recipients of the honor, as well as five broadcast historians.
Before King's passing at the age of 78 in 2005, the revered voice broadcast A's games for 25 seasons. He started during the "Billy Ball" era, continued through the "Bash Brothers" days -- which included three consecutive A's World Series appearances -- and concluded with the "Big Three" years, highlighted by the record 20-game win streak and four straight playoff runs in the early 2000s.
"The depth of knowledge, the passion, the crisp description, the attention to detail, the command of language -- Bill was a master, like Mozart or a Rembrandt behind a microphone," said Ken Korach, the current voice of A's baseball.
King, who would have been 84 on Thursday, is joined on the ballot by Skip Caray, Rene Cardenas, Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Tim McCarver, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel and Mike Shannon.