Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Bob Costas gets broadcasters' award

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The broadcasting legend has called baseball games regularly since 1982 and will take his place in Cooperstown in July.

Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Bob Costas gets broadcasters' award

The broadcasting legend has called baseball games regularly since 1982 and will take his place in Cooperstown in July.

Bob Costas is headed to Cooperstown.

A fixture on national baseball telecasts for multiple networks since the 1980s, Costas was announced Wednesday as the 2018 winner of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. He will be honored as part of the Class of 2018 in July.

Costas, 65, has worked for MLB Network since 2009 as a play-by-play announcer and documentary host. He previously called baseball games for NBC, making regular appearances as the centerpiece of the network's coverage of the World Series, league championship series, and All-Star Games in addition to extensive NBA and Olympics duties.

“For almost 40 years, Bob Costas has presented an incredibly thoughtful and informed voice on every game he calls for NBC, The Baseball Network and MLB Network,” Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said in a release. “But it’s Bob’s pure affection for baseball that has made him a national treasure. From the first day he entered our living rooms, Bob became one of the national pastime’s greatest friends.”

Costas was one of eight finalists for the 2018 award along with Buddy Blattner, Joe Buck, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale, Al Michaels, Joe Morgan and Pee Wee Reese.

He was selected by the 15-member Frick Award Committee, which consists of the 11 living former winners of the award and four historians.

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