NEW YORK -- Legendary A's voice Bill King is once again on the ballot for the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award, and fans of the late Bay Area broadcaster will have a chance to give his name Hall of Fame recognition beginning on Wednesday, when online voting begins.
For 25 years, King -- widely known for his "Holy Toledo!" call -- was the lead radio play-by-play man for A's games before passing away from complications following hip surgery in October 2005. In addition to being the voice of A's baseball, King, at various times, called games for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
Online voting for the award will begin at 7 a.m. PT on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/baseballhall) and conclude at 2 p.m. on Sept. 30. The top three fan selections from votes tallied will appear on the final 10-name ballot for the award.
The 2011 Frick Award winner will be selected by a 20-member electorate, with the recipient to be announced at baseball's Winter Meetings in December.
The award is presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball." Named after the late broadcaster, National League president, Commissioner and Hall of Famer, it has been presented annually since 1978. Frick was a driving force behind the creation of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.