The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." The award, named after the late broadcaster, National League President, Commissioner, and Hall of Famer, has been presented annually since 1978.
Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball. Results of the 2008 election, to be determined by the Frick election committee, will be announced on Feb. 19. The 2007 recipient was longtime Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews.
Past winners include Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully and former Cardinals announcers Jack Buck and Harry Caray, as well as Matthews. The 2008 finalists were announced on Tuesday at baseball's Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
If Dean is honored, it would make two St. Louis representatives in this year's Hall of Fame class. Southworth, who managed the Cardinals in the 1940s, was voted in by the Veterans Committee. The Cardinals won the World Series in 1942, '44 and '46 and won the National League pennant in 1943.
Dean already made the Hall of Fame as a pitcher, and the Cardinals retired his No. 17. He called Cardinals and St. Louis Browns games from 1941-46, Browns games from 1947-49 and 1952-53 and called CBS's "Game of the Week" from 1954-65.
Voters are asked to base their selections on the following criteria: longevity, continuity with a club, honors -- including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games -- and popularity with fans.
The winner of the 2008 Frick Award will be announced Feb. 19. Voting will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 14 living Frick Award recipients and six broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, 2007 Frick Award winner Denny Matthews, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, and, historians/columnists such as Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of NY Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times).
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.