COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Eric Nadel, the voice of the Texas Rangers for the past 35 years, is in Cooperstown getting ready for his close up. This afternoon at 4:30PM EST, Nadel will be honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Nadel has over 130 friends and family in town. Last night, 45 of his high school classmates hosted a party for Nadel at Lake Front Restaurant which overlooks Lake Otesaga. Nadel, a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Midwood High School in 1968.
Alongside his classmates were friends from Dallas, former broadcast partners, childhood bunkmates from Camp Equinunk in Pennsylvania, friends he has made over the years traveling the American League, and baseball executives.
The ceremony takes place at 4:30PM EST at Doubleday Field. Nadel will be honored alongside Roger Angell (J.G. Taylor Spink Award for contributions to baseball writing), and Joe Garagiola (John J. “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. Garagiola will not be in attendance.
After the ceremony, Nadel and guests will head to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for a private reception. At 8:30PM, Nadel is hosting a friends-and-family concert at Smithy Center for the Arts. Nadel imported Daphne Willis, his favorite musician, to play the event.