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Thanks to the tireless efforts of Blue Jays fans and reporters alike, original Blue Jays radio broadcaster Tom Cheek will finally be honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall named Cheek their 2013 Ford C. Frick award winner, seven years after Cheek died from complications due to cancer.
Cheek is famous for calling 4306 consecutive Blue Jays games and his signature “Touch’em all Joe!” call after Joe Carter’s walkoff home run to secure the Jays second consecutive World Series title in 1993. Cheek is the voice of baseball to a generation of Blue Jays fans, weaned on the sturdy radio calls and rapport between Cheek and his long-time broadcast partner Jerry Howarth.
The Frick award comes after the Blue Jays raised Cheek’s name to their Ring of Honor in 2004, after Cheek ended his incredible streak to mourn the passing of his father. Congratulations to Cheek’s family who will celebrate as part of the Hall of Fame weekend in late July.
In addition to Cheek’s award, the Baseball Writers Association of American honored long-time Phillies writer Paul Hagen with the J.G. Spink award. Hagen spent more than 15 years on the Phillies beat for the Philadelphia Daily News in addition to serving as the BBWAA president in 2003.