HOF opening doors for voice of Rangers Nadel

Eric Nadel, the radio voice of the Texas Rangers, was picked as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award Wednesday for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Nadel , who just wrapped up his 19th season as the lead voice of the Rangers, will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards July 26 as part of Hall of Fame weekend.  He’ll also be honored at Rangers Ballpark during the Los Angeles Angels series July 10-13.

Nadel garnered the honor by earning the highest point total from the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award committee. He was a finalist for the award in 2011, 2012 and this year.

Nadel has been with the Rangers since 1979, working on both the radio and television side for the first three years. He worked 13 years with Mark Holtz on the radio side and became the lead radio voice in 1995.

“I congratulate my friend Eric Nadel on winning the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award,” said former president George W. Bush. “For more than 30 years, Eric has brought the Texas Rangers and the great game of baseball to fans all over the Southwest. His passion for the sport is evident in every broadcast. Any announcer can call a game, but Eric brings his listeners into the stadium. He is a wonderful ambassador for our national pastime.”

Nadel, who is already in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Rangers Hall of Fame, has been at the mike for Nolan Ryan’s 5,000th strikeout, the 30-3 win over Baltimore and the final out of the 2010 American League Championship Series, which sent the Rangers to the World Series for the first time.

“I am so pleased for Eric Nadel on his selection as the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient,” said Hall of Famer and former Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan. “Eric’s description and analysis of thousands of Texas Rangers games over the last 35 years have been a joy for the fans. He has always made the games entertaining and informative. He is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word and is very deserving of the honor.”