Gene Elston for the Ford C. Frick Award - National Baseball Hall of Fame sign now


I am asking that you please consider sportscaster Gene Elston for the 2002 Ford C. Frick Award.

He has enjoyed a long and storied 47-year career as both a radio and television baseball announcer and more than meets the award qualification of making a "major contribution to baseball."

Gene began his career in 1941 at age 19 on KVFD radio in his hometown, Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1946, after 3 years in the U.S. Navy, Gene began his baseball play-by-play career. Elston paid his dues, broadcasting minor league games for nine seasons before joining the Chicago Cubs broadcast team in 1954 for three seasons. In 1958, he began broadcasting Mutual Broadcasting System's "Game of the Day " with Bob Feller on national radio from 1958-60 and joined Houston Colt .45's for their National League debut in 1962. In 1965 the Colts moved into the Astrodome and became the Houston Astros. Gene called the Astros inaugural game in the Astrodome against The New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle and remained the "Voice of the Astros" for the next 21 years.

After leaving the Astros in 1987, Gene went back into the national spotlight doing play-by-play for CBS Radio's "Game of the Week" for the next 10 years. Gene, who resides in Houston, Texas, recently published a new book this year and currently works for Tal Smith Enterprises, a consulting firm for major league baseball.

It's difficult to capture all the highlights of Gene's career, here are but a few:

> 25 yrs. broadcasting Houston Astros/Colt .45's on television and radio
> 13 yrs. broadcasting MLB nationally
> 9 yrs. broadcasting minor league baseball
> Called 11 total no-hitters (one of them the Astros lost)
> Back-to-back no-hitters by Jim Maloney (Reds) and Don Wilson (Astros) in 1969
> Eddie Matthews 500th homer
> Texas Sportscaster of the Year - multiple times
> Author of 2 baseball history books
That's the way the ball bounces - (1971)
A Stitch in Time : A Baseball Chronology, 1845-2000 - (2001)

"Houston has been blessed to have two Hall of Fame-caliber broadcasters," said Curt Smith, whose book ``Voices of the Game'' is the definitive account of baseball broadcast history. "Milo is in the Hall, and Gene should be and at some point will be. It's rare for a franchise that is 37 years old to have had two such extraordinarily gifted announcers."

By signing this petition, I state that I am in agreement with Mr. Smith that Gene deserves this honor, and I hope that you will see fit to give the Ford C. Frick award for 2002 to a most deserving candidate, Mr. Gene Elston.

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  • 16 February 20161000. Eric W
    In the 1960's I grew up listening to Gene; and became an avid astros fan because of it. Gene re-created the setting and action on the field better than ANYONE I have ever heard. Thanks a million! City New Orleans State Louisiana
  • 15 February 2016999. Robert V
    in the same class as Joe Buck Sr. - an allstar announcer amongst allstars City Houston State Texas
  • 14 February 2016998. Bob F
    I support this petition
  • 11 February 2016997. Tom K
    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2016996. J Stevene
    You couldn't ask for a better person. City New Braunfels State Texas
  • 01 February 2016995. Robert Johnsons
    One of the Greats City Aurora State IL
  • 28 January 2016994. Candy C
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 2016993. Daniel Nash
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016992. Christopher C
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015991. Dixie K
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015990. Steve E
    Thanks from an old kid from Houston with a warm heart for Gene for many, many years of calling the memories. City Lafayette State LA
  • 19 December 2015989. Blake W
    The best announcer in Astros history. The voting results? "It's all over", or should be. City Phoenix State Arizona
  • 18 December 2015988. Mac J
    Hall-of-Fame announcing career that needs recognition by induction City Humble State TX
  • 18 December 2015987. Greg P
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 2015986. Ken C
    When I was growing up the voice of Gene Elston was baseball to me. City Dallas State Texas
  • 17 December 2015985. Randy B
    I was born in Houston in 1960 and have many fond memories of lying under the covers at night listening to Gene Elston and Loel Passe call the Astros' games. I'm a rabid fan today in large part due to those great memories. Gene was the best ever!! City Tyl
  • 15 December 2015984. Eirene Ew
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015983. Joe S
    I support this petition
  • 07 December 2015982. Brenda K
    I spent many an evening with Gene Elston...via the radio City Beaumont State Texas
  • 04 December 2015981. Harry C
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015980. Kyle D
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015979. Dave C
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015978. Vincent P
    Gene was the best radio announcer I ever heard. City Shreveport State LA
  • 18 November 2015977. Bill J
    Created many great memories for me while growing up an Astros fan. City Tampa State Florida
  • 14 October 2015976. Doug G
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 2015975. Jim C
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015974. Steve C
    The best of the best. City Springdale State Arkansas

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