Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1970
Ford Frick was uncompromisingly devoted to baseball. The DePauw University graduate worked as a sportswriter and New York City broadcaster, before becoming director of the National League Service Bureau and then league president. During his 17-year tenure as the head of the National League, he combined forces with Stephen Clark and Alexander Cleland in obtaining major league support for the establishment of the Hall of Fame. Frick later became commissioner of baseball, serving in that post for 14 seasons. Learn more about the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.