(L-R) Detroit Tigers radio broadcasters Harry Heilmann and Ty Tyson. Photo credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Crain’s Detroit Business reports that a pair of pioneering Tigers radio broadcasters up for Cooperstown award.

Harry Heilmann, (radio broadcaster and a hall of fame batting champion for the Detroit Tigers in the early 20th century) and announcer Ty Tyson, who broadcast the first Tigers baseball and Michigan football games on radio, are among the eight finalists for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.  The winner will be announced on December 12 during the Winter Meetings of baseball in Florida.  The honor is for baseball broadcasters.

Ex-Tigers slugger Harry Heilmann called games until his 1951 death.  Ty Tyson called the first UM football and first Tigers radio broadcasts.

The winner will be announced on December 12 during baseball’s Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and will get a plaque in Cooperstown on July 20.