Bob Costas

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Costas: Baseball "Connected Me To My Dad"

Bob Costas, the KMOX alum, is receiving the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tom Ackerman
July 28, 2018 - 9:13 am

COOPERSTOWN, NY (KMOX) -- Syracuse University graduate Bob Costas was 22 when he arrived at KMOX in St. Louis, a young sportscaster eager to join a powerful roster of talent at the legendary radio station. Costas just wanted to fit in.

Four decades later, he's risen to the top of his profession.

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Costas receives the Ford C. Frick Award on Saturday afternoon at Doubleday Field for "excellence in broadcasting," joining the likes of Jack Buck, Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Harry Caray and Curt Gowdy. He's the fourth KMOX alum to receive the honor (Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Joe Garagiola). A ceremony is set for 3:30 PM CT.

A 28-time Emmy Award winner in sports, news and entertainment, mostly with NBC, Costas returned to his baseball roots a decade ago when he joined MLB Network, calling play-by-play and hosting documentaries.

But Costas' connection to baseball runs deeper than the bright lights of television. The crackle of the radio in his dad's car, a walk through the Hall of Fame with his seven-year-old son... it's all here in this interview with Tom Ackerman at the Otesaga Hotel, just prior to giving one of the biggest speeches of his life.