Tigers Hall Of Fame Player Finalist For Hall Of Fame Broadcasting Award
Harry Heilmann was a Hall Of Fame player for the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds from 1916 till 1932. He is currently a finalist for a Hall of Fame broadcasting award.
According to the story from M-Live, Heilmann is a finalist for the 2019 Ford C. Frick award that is presented for broadcasting.
Heilmann is in the Baseball Hall of Fame for his playing days as a Tigers and Reds outfielder. After his retirement he eventually became the Tigers radio voice.
He passed away due to lung cancer in 1951. Harry Heilmann is one of 8 finalist for the award that will be announced on December 12th.
This award rotates between team specific announcers, nationally known announcers and early voices,pioneers of broadcasting. Last years winner was Bob Costas.
The nominees for this season are all deceased and are being honored in the early voices, pioneers category. If you want to see the full list of nominees for the award you can check out the list here.
The only Tigers broadcaster to win the award was the legendary Ernie Harwell, who won the award in 1981. Central Michigan University alum, Dick Enberg was also a recipient of this award in 2015 for his work with the Angels, Padres and with NBC.