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Harry Heilmann was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952, just six months after he died of lung cancer at the age of 56.
More than 60 years later, the former Detroit Tigers great could have his plaque added to another wing of the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Heilmann is one of eight candidates for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting.
Two other candidates have links to the area.
Ty Tyson, who passed away in 1968, spent more than two decades doing radio and television broadcasts in Detroit.
Connie Desmond is best known for his work in the New York market, but he was a Toledo native who got his start calling the Mud Hens. He died in 1983.
Other candidates on the 2019 ballot are: Pat Flanagan, Jack Graney, Al Helfer, Waite Hoyt and Rosey Rowswell.
The winner will be announced Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. All of the candidates are deceased.
According to the Hall, the Frick Award rotates annually among Current Major League Markets (team-specific announcers); National Voices (broadcasters whose contributions were realized on a national level); and Broadcasting Beginnings (early team voices and pioneers of baseball broadcasting).
This year focuses on historical voices from the early years. Last year’s winner, Bob Costas, came from the national voting cycle. Local-market announcers will be back on the ballot next year.
Full bios of each candidate are on the Hall of Fame website.
A native of San Francisco, Heilmann had 2,499 of his 2,660 hits with the Tigers, playing from 1914 to 1929.
He became the team’s radio broadcaster in 1933. He passed away just days before the 1951 All-Star Game in Detroit.
“I doubt whether the death of any other person in the state of Michigan could cause such regret,” team owner Walter Briggs said.