The voice of the Toronto Blue Jays finally got the respect he has long deserved. Tom Cheek was finally awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. The legacy of Tom Cheek will forever be immortalized in the place he long deserved to be, in Cooperstown.
Tom Cheek was in the broadcast booth for the inception of the Toronto Blue Jays on that blistery cold day in 1977 which began an illustrious string of 4,306 consecutive games.
Paul Beeston was quoted as saying this in regards to Tom Cheek which sums up the influence and respect that the former announcer garnered.
“Tom Cheek was the constant. He was a model of consistency, professionalism and excellence. He was the voice of summer, professional but passionate with a tone we could trust and embrace. Tom Cheek has provided the soundtrack for many of the important moments in this team’s history, with his choice of words and intonation always perfectly suited for the occasion.”
Tom Cheek was not only the voice of Toronto but the voice of a nation and will be forever remembered for his call of the famous Joe Carter World Series home run in 1993 off Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies.