Jaime Jarrin was the recipient of the 1998 Ford C. Frick Award. "The Spanish Voice of the Dodgers," Jarrin has been the lead play-by-play man for the team's Spanish flagship station KWKW, since 1973. A veteran postseason broadcaster, he has called the action in 16 World Series for CBS Radio, Cadena Latina and Cadena Caracol, reporting to an audience of more than 30 million in 1997.
Born in Cayambe, Ecuador, in South America, Jarrin attended Central University of Quito to study engineering, philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting. He then migrated to California in 1955 and became sports director for KWKW. Prior to the station's sending him on the road, he re-broadcast games to a Latino audience by recreating Dodgers games being called live by Vin Scully.
In 1970, Jarrin became the first Latin American to win the Golden Mike award, presented to a broadcaster by the Southern California Radio and Television News Association. In 1992 Jarrin was honored in his native Ecuador with the prestigious La Gran Cruz al Merito en El Grado de Comendado medal of honor, the highest award presented in Ecuador to non-military personnel.
1998 Ford C. Frick Award Winner Jaime Jarrin - BL-1802-98 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)