Play by play announcer Duane Kuiper getting ready for the show at AT&T park in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 12, 2010. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Bill King, Duane Kuiper Named Ford C. Frick Award Finalists

The Bay Area have two representatives among the finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, an annual award given to baseball broadcasters by the Hall of Fame. San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper and the late Bill King, former voice of the Oakland Athletics, are two of 10 finalists for the award.

Kuiper, the current TV play-by-play voice of the Giants, has called games for 28 seasons, all but one with the Giants. Well-known and extremely popular amongst Giants fans, Kuiper and his partner, Mike Krukow, form perhaps the best broadcasting duo in the game with their chemistry and knowledge. Kuiper, who played 11 seasons in the major leagues, has won seven Emmy awards for broadcasting excellence.

King is up for the award again, it is safe to say that he has been snubbed in previous years. The longtime Bay Area broadcaster spent 25 years as the voice of the A’s, while also calling games for the Warriors and Raiders. He began his broadcasting career in the 1940s calling minor league baseball games. King passed away in 2005 after a long tenure in the broadcast booth.

The winner of the Ford C. Frick Award will be decided by a 20-member panel, and the recipient will be announced on Dec. 11.

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