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Fans get Cheek, Doucet on Cooperstown ballot

Fans have voted beloved broadcasters Tom Cheek and Jacques Doucet onto the ballot for the Ford C. Frick Award handed out by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans have voted beloved broadcasters Tom Cheek and Jacques Doucet onto the ballot for the Ford C. Frick Award handed out by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cheek and Doucet, along with longtime Oakland Athletics radio play-by-play man Bill King, will take up three of the 10 spots for the honour given for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The rest of the candidates will be named in the coming weeks, with the winner announced during baseball's winter meetings Dec. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla., the Hall said on its website.

Cheek was the radio voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 28 years, calling an astounding 4,306 consecutive games. His streak was interrupted in 2004 by his father's death, and Cheek died from brain cancer in 2005 at 66.

His signature moment was the call of Joe Carter's World Series winning home run in 1993: "Touch 'em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life."

Doucet, a 70-year-old from Montreal, spent 34 years as the Expos' French play-by-play radio voice until the team moved to Washington following the 2004 season. He now broadcasts games of the Quebec Capitales, a team in the independent Can-Am league.

ESPN announcer Jon Miller won the Frick Award this year.