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Kubek elected to Hall of Fame as a broadcaster

December 9, 2008 |  5:03 pm

Tony Kubek

LAS VEGAS -- Tony Kubek became the second Yankee in as many days to be selected to baseball's Hall of Fame when it was announced Tuesday that he has won the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

Former winners include Dodgers play-by-play broadcasters Vin Scully (1982) and Jaime Jarrin (1998), former Angel broadcaster Dave Niehaus (2008) and Kubek's onetime broadcast partners, Curt Gowdy (1984) and Joe Garagiola (1991).

Kubek, the first television-exclusive analyst to win the Frick award, entered the broadcast booth in 1965 after a playing career that saw him win a Rookie of the Year award and make four All-Star teams with the Yankees. Kubek, who worked for NBC, the Yankees and the MSG Network and for 12 seasons with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, broadcast 11 World Series and 10 All-Star Games.

The Veteran Committee elected former Yankee infielder Joe Gordon to the Hall of Fame as a player Monday.

-- Kevin Baxter

Photo: A June 17, 1997 photo shows former New York Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek, who later became a fixture on NBC's "Game of the Week" telecasts. Credit: Mike Roemer / Associated Press