Local Sports Journal

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Former Muskegon Mohawk radio announcer Eric Nadel will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters today July 25 during the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.

The ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.

Nadel, 63, earned the award for his 35 seasons on announcing either television or radio broadcasts for the Texas Rangers of the American League. He joined the Rangers organization in 1979 and served as the lead radio announcer for the last 20 years.

Nadel started his career in Muskegon by working for the Mohawks and former coach and general manager Moose Lallo from the 1972-73 season through the 1974-75 season. He was the first radio announcer in Muskegon history to do at least a part of home games and all of the team’s road games.

The award ceremony will be shown on MLB Network Sunday July 26 at 11 a.m. before the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction festivities. Those festivities also will be on MLB Network starting at 1:30 p.m.