For those of you that have been waiting anxiously to hear Richie Asburn’s fate in the the Ford C. Frick award, I have bad news for you. Whitey did not garner enough votes to make the final ballot. Three men from the fan’s ballot made it, with the lower threshold being 15,002 votes out of the total 105,000 cast. Oh Philadelphia, we have failed our hero.
The final 10 include:
|Tom Cheek||Bill King|
|Ken Coleman||Tony Kubek|
|Dizzy Dean||Denny Mathews|
|Jacques Doucet||Graham McNamee|
|Gene Elston||Dave Niehaus|
Harry Kalas, as a former recipient, gets to cast a vote on who he thinks best fits 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.
If you still care, the results will be announced on February 21 with the awardee to be honored during 2006 Hall of Fame Weekend which, as always, is the last weekend in July.