Online vote has King in Frick running

Online vote has King in Frick running

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thanks again to web-savvy fans of his work, the late Bill King remains in the running for the National Baseball of Fame's 2008 Ford C. Frick Award.

The Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that King, who was the lead radio play-by-play man on A's games for 25 years before dying from complications following hip surgery in late October 2005, is among the 10 finalists for the game's highest broadcasting honor.

Seven of the 10 were named by the Frick nominating committee. King, the late Joe Nuxhall and Joe Morgan were selected to the final 10 by fans in an exclusive online vote at baseballhall.org and MLB.com throughout November.

King, who received the most online Frick votes for both the 2006 and 2007 awards, finished second in online votes for the 2008 award behind Nuxhall, the former Reds broadcaster who passed away last month.

The Ford C. Frick Award is presented annually 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, N.Y., and he helped foster the relationship between radio and the game of baseball.

The award is presented annually during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Each award recipient -- not to be confused with an inductee -- is presented with a calligraphy of the award during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

"I'd think it'd be really nice ... if baseball's Hall of Fame were the first to recognize him," says Ken Korach, who was King's broadcast partner with the A's for 10 years. "Nobody is more deserving."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.