Former Jays announcer Tom Cheek honoured with broadcasting award
Former Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek speaks during a ceremony in Toronto in this 2004 file photo. Cheek, the original and long-time voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, has been posthumously awarded the 2013 Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting excellence by the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:31PM EST
NASHVILLE -- Former Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The award was announced by the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the winter meetings. Cheek died in 2005.
Cheek called the first 4,306 regular-season and 41 post-season games in the Blue Jays' history, starting in 1977.
Cheek's most famous call came in the 1993 World Series when Joe Carter hit a home run in Game 6 against Philadelphia that won the championship.
"Touch 'em all, Joe!" Cheek said into the microphone. "You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life."
Cheek worked as backup announcer for the Montreal Expos in 1974. He later joined the Jays and didn't miss a game until 2004.
Cheek will be honoured during the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies July 26-29 in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was born in 1939, one day after the Hall opened.