Good news for all those A’s fans that have been stuffing those on-line ballot boxes on various sites. Your work has gotten legendary announcer Bill King onto the final ballot for the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award.
King was the second-leading vote-getter (7,659) and earned a spot on the final ballot for the first time. The late, great broadcaster was the play-by-play voice of the A’s for 25 seasons. He passed away in 2005.
He still faces a steep climb to get into the Hall, however. Cincinnati Reds announcer Joe Nuxhall, who passed away last month, led the fan voting with 82,304. Nuxhall, King and fellow fan-ballot winner Joe Morgan will join Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Tony Kubek, Graham McNamee, Dave Niehaus and Dave van Horne on the final ballot.
Still, it’s a start for King, who probably would be shouting “Holy Toledo,” in anger that anybody is making this big a deal about his candidacy. That’s the kind of guy he was.