CLEVELAND, Ohio — Legendary Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play man Jack Graney is among eight finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to a broadcaster for meritorious service to the game.
Graney, an outfielder who played his entire 14-year major league career with the Indians, was among the first players to make the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth. He is eligible under the Frick Award’s “Broadcasting Beginnings” three-year cycle which recognizes early team voices and pioneers of the industry.
A member of the Tribe’s 1920 World Series Championship team, Graney was a lifetime .250 hitter with 18 home runs and 420 RBI. He collected 1,178 hits in 1,402 games and led the league in doubles with a career-high 41 in 1916. He twice led the league in walks, including a career-high 105 in 1919.
Graney moved to the broadcast booth in 1932 where he enjoyed a 21-year career, calling the club’s 1948 World Series title run alongside another Indians broadcasting legend and Frick Award winner, Jimmy Dudley. Graney retired in 1953 and moved to the town of Louisiana, Missouri where he died at age 91 in 1978. He was posthumously inducted into the Indians’ Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel during ceremonies at Progressive Field in 2012.
Graney was a native of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada and is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. An award there bears his name and is occasionally presented to journalists who contribute to promoting baseball in Canada.
Other Frick Award nominees this year include Connie Desmond (Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), Pat Flanagan (Cubs), Harry Heilmann (Tigers), Al Helfer (Pirates, Reds, Phillies), Waite Hoyt (Reds), Rosey Rowswell (Pirates) and Ty Tyson (Tigers). A panel of 11 living Frick Award recipients will vote on this year’s winner, who will be announced Dec. 12 at baseball’s winter meetings in Las Vegas and recognized during Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown in July.
Last year, the Indians were well represented at the Hall of Fame ceremonies as Jim Thome was inducted as a player and longtime Akron Beacon Journal writer Sheldon Ocker was recognized with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.