May 26, 2006
Honor former Jimmy Fund director Ken Coleman
Cast your vote for broadcasting excellence
The late Ken Coleman, former Red Sox announcer and Jimmy Fund chairman from 1978 to 1984, has been nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. The award is named for former baseball commissioner and National League president Ford Frick and has been presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 1978.
Throughout November, Jimmy Fund supporters can cast their vote for Coleman up to once a day at www.baseballhalloffame.org.
Coleman was the second director of the Jimmy Fund, serving from 1978 to 1984, and a longtime supporter of the charity, especially its golf program.
"Ken brought me in to work with him for the Jimmy Fund, which turned out to be one of the greatest blessings of my life," says Mike Andrews, current chairman of the Jimmy Fund and former Red Sox second baseman. "He was my friend and was one of the best broadcasters ever to sit behind a microphone. He was also one of the kindest people I have ever met."
"The patients and staff of Dana-Farber — as well as cancer patients everywhere — will always be indebted to Ken Coleman for his tireless fight against cancer," says Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Coleman served over the past two decades as the unofficial spokesman for the Jimmy Fund Golf Program, a division of the Jimmy Fund that he helped to organize. Since its beginnings, the golf program has grown from raising $200,000 for cancer research and care to raising more than $5 million annually. A lifetime honorary trustee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Coleman made more than 50 appearances annually at golf tournaments throughout New England for the Jimmy Fund.
"I've been a very fortunate man in respect to baseball broadcasting and what it meant to me," said Coleman in an interview before his passing in 2003, "but the most meaningful part of my life has been my involvement with the Jimmy Fund."
During his tenure with the Jimmy Fund, Coleman, in addition to helping start the golf program, instituted radiothons and helped organize Jimmy Fund councils throughout New England.