2:05 PM Eastern
There are about 100 comments that I still have to get to from Sunday’s post, and I’ll do that tonight, and the September call-ups have been announced (Marcum, Richmond, Wolfe, Thigpen, Mench, Wilkerson) but I didn’t want to wait until after the game to remind everyone of the following:
VOTING IS UNDERWAY FOR THE FORD C. FRICK AWARD for the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Fans don’t actually vote for who wins the award every year, but the top three vote-getters are assured of being placed on the final ballot of 10 that goes to the Frick committee, which makes the final decision.
Please, please, please, please – cast a ballot for Tom Cheek today and every day in the month of September. I’ll even give you a link at the bottom of this post.
Tom was baseball on the radio in Toronto, the voice of summer, and had a dramatic effect on my love for the game growing up and I’m sure, on a lot of yours’. If you’re too young to remember him, then talk to your parents, they’ll fill you in. No one will ever forget “Touch ‘em all, Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life,” but that was only the tip of the iceberg that was Tom Cheek, Voice of the Blue Jays.
He deserved this honour while he was still around to enjoy it, and the longer his family (and by extension, us, his family of listeners) has had to wait for him to be honoured, the more shameful it is on the part of the keepers of this great game’s history.
Everyone is allowed to vote once per day, for up to three broadcasters. I’m asking that you vote everyday, but vote for Tom and only Tom. That way, his name will show up even more strongly among his peers. I know that close to 100,000 people check in on this blog every month, and I’m exceedingly grateful for that. I would be even more grateful if we could get Tom even close to 100,000 votes, which would be the highest total everywhere. Heck, why don’t we try for a million?
You’re already online, just click over here and vote – it’ll only take a minute, and a great broadcaster and an even better human being will be put in a position to get an honour that he so dearly deserves.
OK, so you have to cut and paste – I’m still not sure how to insert a link, but I’ll try hard to find out.
I’ll be posting this with a reminder with every blog post for the rest of this month.