LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Longtime Expos and Marlins play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne has won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The native of Easton, Pa., broadcast for the International League's Richmond Braves before joining Montreal for its first season in 1969. He switched to Florida's radio team in 2001.
"This is the highest award a baseball broadcaster can receive. I am obviously thrilled, humbled and very excited. It is the professional highlight of my career," he said during a telephone conference call after Wednesday's announcement. "I am humbled to be among those people that are previous winners of this award. This was a very overwhelming and emotional day."
He will be honored during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24. He is the second Frick winner to have worked for a Canadian club, joining 2009 honoree Tony Kubek.