Three White Sox broadcasters advance in Ford C. Frick Award voting

CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, color analyst Steve Stone and radio play-by-play announcer Ed Farmer all advanced to the second round of voting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

More than 12,600 fans voted through the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site (facebook.com/baseballhall) to determine the top 41 broadcasters who advanced to the Fan Finals.  All candidates are active or retired broadcasters with 10 consecutive years of major league broadcast service with a team, network or a combination of the two.

A second round of online voting will determine three of the 10 names that will comprise the final ballot.  Vote totals from the first round do not carry over to the Fan Finals, giving each candidate a clean slate, beginning today.

Fans can vote from Monday, September 10 through Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET, and the final 10-name ballot will be announced on Tuesday, October 9. 

Hawk Harrelson, who was one of the three broadcasters elected by fans to the Frick Award final ballot in 2007, is currently in his 21st consecutive season in the Sox television booth.

Steve Stone, a nominee for the 2008 Frick Award and television color analyst in his fifth season with the White Sox, spent 20 seasons in the Chicago Cubs broadcast booth prior to joining the White Sox.

Ed Farmer, who was named part of the American League’s best radio team by USA Today in 2004, is in his 21st full season on the White Sox Radio Network and seventh as the play-by-play announcer. 

The 2013 Frick Award winner will be selected by a 21-member electorate, comprised of the 16 living Frick Award winners and five historians and veteran media members, and announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., in early December.