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Former Yankee Broadcasters Named Finalists for Baseball Hall of Fame

Ten finalists for this year’s Ford Frick Award have been revealed. A pair of one-time Yankee announcers are among the group seeking enshrinement in the broadcasters’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

DeWayne Staats called Yankee games on MSG Network from 1990 to 1994. He was at the mic when Jim Abbott hurled a no-hitter in 1993. Staats has been the Tampa Bay Rays TV play-by-play broadcaster since 1998, when the team joined the league.

In the mid 1980s, Yankee fans will recall, John Gordon was part of the famous radio booth that featured Phil Rizzuto and Bill White. Gordon spent 25 seasons as lead broadcaster on the Minnesota Twins radio coverage. He retired after the 2011 season.

The selection will be announced at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville on December 4. The induction ceremony takes place next summer in Cooperstown, New York.

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Voting Underway for Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting

The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting the cycle for the Class of 2013. The Ford C. Frick Award, given each year as a baseball announcer lifetime achievement, is asking fans to select the Top 40 from the Hall’s Facebook page.

The Facebook ballot includes 222 radio and television broadcasters. Among the list are several with notable careers behind the mic in New York. For example, Ken Singleton, the longtime Yankee analyst (and occasional play-by-play man), from MSG Network and YES Network, since its inception in 2002, is on the ballot.

Yankee fans can also choose veteran radio voice John Sterling, calling game every since 1989. His former on-air partner Charley Steiner is on the first ballot. Steiner now handles the Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play work.

Vintage Yankee announcer Bill White is back on the list. White, as he was affectionately known by Phil Rizzuto, was joined in the booth by Rizzuto and Frank Messer throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Dom Valentino, One-Time Yankees, Nets, Islanders Sportscaster, Dies at 83

Dom Valentino is not remembered by many is today’s broadcasting circles. But in the mid-1970s, Valentino was at the height of his career, calling several games for several New York teams. Valentino died yesterday. He was 83. Published reports say Valentino, who suffered from prostate cancer, died at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, nine days after a choking incident that left him unable to swallow.

A Brooklyn native, Valentino had his busiest year in 1975, his only season in the New York Yankees radio booth, joining the likes of Phil RizzutoBill White, and Frank Messer. That same year, Valentino was calling games for the New York Islanders and the New York Nets, which shared the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.

The schedule may have taken its toll. While hospitalized for a heart attack in 1975, Valentino suffered a second one.

He eventually returned to the mic in the early 1980s to call games of the Billy Martin-led Oakland A’s.

Fifty-Year Sportscasting Veteran Spencer Ross Returns to Air at WINS

Spencer Ross (r) with longtime Racing from Roosevelt co-host Stan Bergstein (circa early 1980s)

If you’ve listened to sports on radio in the last half-century, there’s a good chance that the voice you heard was Spencer Ross.

Ross, 71, is undeniably, a New York original. While his contemporary Marv Albert is more famous, Ross has, perhaps, an equally recognizable voice. Both Albert and Ross were proteges of the great Marty Glickman. The late, trailblazing sportscaster often referred to his “students” as the two best basketball announcers he’s ever heard, with Ross proud to say he was given “top billing.”

That delivery is back after a three-year hiatus, doing weekend morning sportscasts on WINS.

“I’m a very active guy, I still run three to five miles, six days a week,” Ross tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve just gone nuts sitting around. I’m not ready for retirement. My voice is what it was and still is.”

This marks a homecoming of sorts for Ross, who got his start on New York radio at WINS in 1969. Along the way, Ross has done play-by-play work for every major team in the New York area except the Mets. Ross is probably most known for a 30-year career with Madison Square Garden, which led various roles for Knicks and Rangers on radio. He left the company three years ago, and is still uneasy talking about the bitter divorce.

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Baseball Veteran Bill White Reflects on Time with Yankees, Phil Rizzuto, in New Book Uppity

In his new autobiography, Uppity (which could just as easily have been called Integrity for his strong moral compass), Bill White talks candidly about his many decades in baseball, including the racial intolerance he suffered early in his career. FishbowlNY spoke recently with White, a man who is liked by so many in the sport.

But this article focuses on Chapter 10, White’s magical 18-year association with the New York Yankees—and the legendary Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto.

“That’s longer than I’ve been with anybody,” White laughed.

As former players, White (refers to himself as “average” on the field) and Rizzuto (Hall of Famer) formed that famous bond. But White says there was something deeper to their chemistry—dating back to Rizzuto’s broadcasting debut with the Yankees in 1957.

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