2021 Ford C. Frick Award Winner Al Michaels
From there, Michaels quickly established himself as a versatile voice – capable of outstanding work at any event. But it was baseball where Michaels’ voice resounded best.
With ABC and NBC sharing the Major League Baseball contract, Michaels called World Series games in odd-numbered years from 1979 through 1989, then again in 1995 as part of The Baseball Network. He handed duties on the All-Star Game in even-numbered years from 1980-88 and 1995, and called LCS action in event numbered years from 1976-88 and ’95.
Oft-cited as one of his favorite moments was Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS between the Red Sox and Angels when Dave Henderson’s two-out, two-strike home run in the ninth inning brought Boston back from the brink of elimination.
Michaels, whose legendary resume also includes the 1980 Miracle on Ice at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics and more than three decades as the voice of Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, is the 45th winner of the Frick Award, presented annually by the Hall of Fame for major contributions to baseball.