LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Late A's announcer Bill King came up short again for the Hall of Fame as Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The award was announced by the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the winter meetings.
King and current Giants announcer Duane Kuiper were among the 10 finalists for the award.
Nadel has been with Texas for the past 35 years. For the last 19, he has been the lead voice on Rangers radio broadcasts.
The 62-year-old Nadel called Nolan Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout on Aug. 22, 1989, and was on air for the Rangers' six playoff berths and two American League pennants. His signature home run call, "That ball is history!" is part of Rangers lore.
Nadel will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards presentation July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Former Montreal Expos announcer Jacques Doucet, Kuiper and King were the top three picks in online voting by fans.
King, who passed away in 2005, worked 25 seasons (1981-2005) as the A's lead play-by-play voice on radio.