Cheek among finalists for Frick award

September 13, 2009, 7:21 PM

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The late Tom Cheek is again among the finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasters.

Cheek, who died in October, 2005, placed third in fan voting to earn a spot on the ballot. Joe Nuxhall and Jacques Doucet were the others gaining enough fan votes to join seven broadcasters nominated by the Hall of Fame research committee. The award is voted on by a 20-member panel and will be announced Dec. 9 at the winter meetings.

Cheek has been among the finalists the past five years.

Cheek began his career broadcasting games for the Montreal Expos from 1974-76 before becoming the radio voice of the Blue Jays in 1977. He never missed a game in 28 years broadcasting on The Fan 590 before missing two games to attend his father’s funeral in 2004. He was then diagnosed with a brain tumour and was unable to return for the 2005 season.

Also nominated as a finalist is Dave Van Horne, who called Expos games for 32 years from their inception in 1969 to 2000.

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