Bunnell: Jack Graney a finalist for Ford C. Frick Award

From Eric Bunnell at the St. Thomas Times Journal on November 1, 2018, with mention of SABR members Barbara Gregorich and Scott Crawford:

Baseball’s still big in the news in Jumboville.

Word from Perry Smith from home in Florida that grandfather Jack Graney, our town’s great Cleveland Indians player/broadcaster, has been named a finalist for the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting. (Among his many firsts, Glad Graney was the first MLB player to make the move into the on-air booth.) Graney was a contender for Cooperstown three years ago, the last time the Frick tributed the pioneer days of baseball broadcasting. But when the fat lady sang, the award had gone to another.

That time, Glad was in the running for a wild card nomination with public voting. And Perry says hometown support from the StT Graney Gang of fans helped highlight his accomplishments for the award committee’s nomination this time around. Past Frick winners and baseball historians will decide the winner.

So no public voting this time. But Perry reports a campaign is underway after she and husband Ernie heard about Glad’s nomination from Barbara Gregorich, the author who bio’d Graney and Cleveland bull terrier mascot Larry in her 2012 book, Jack and Larry.

Read the full article here: https://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/opinion/columnists/eric-bunnells-people-wells-battles-to-ensure-vets-sacrifices-remembered

Originally published: November 5, 2018. Last Updated: November 5, 2018.