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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan praise Nadel

By Richard Durrett

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Among those congratulating Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel on the highest award the sport can offer for a broadcaster, are former president George W. Bush and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Nadel will be honored Saturday, July 26, 2014 as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.

"I congratulate my friend Eric Nadel on winning the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award. For more than 30 years, Eric has brought the Texas Rangers and the great game of baseball to fans all over the Southwest," Bush said in a statement. "His passion for the sport is evident in every broadcast. Any announcer can call a game, but Eric brings his listeners into the stadium. He is a wonderful ambassador for our national pastime."

Nadel called Ryan's 5,000th strikeout in 1989 as it happened during his innings to call play-by-play as he teamed up with the late Mark Holtz on the radio broadcasts during that time.

"I am so pleased for Eric Nadel on his selection as the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient," Ryan said. "Eric’s description and analysis of thousands of Texas Rangers games over the last 35 years have been a joy for the fans. He has always made the games entertaining and informative. He is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word and is very deserving of the honor."