LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Next stop for Dave Van Horne: Cooperstown.
The radio voice of the Marlins has won the Ford C. Frick Award, symbolizing excellence in baseball broadcasting. As a result, he'll be honored during Hall of Fame weekend July 22-25.
"Dave Van Horne introduced Major League Baseball to English-speaking fans in Montreal, and his voice became the standard for two generations of Expos fans," said Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson. "Since 2001, Dave has energized Marlins fans in South Florida with his infectious love for the game, his excitable play-by-play, and his signature 'Up, Up and Away' home run calls."
Van Horne becomes the second Marlins broadcaster to make it to baseball's Hall of Fame. Spanish-language broadcaster Felo Ramirez also won the award in 2001.
Included among Van Horne's broadcasting highlights: announcing Willie Mays' 3000th hit, Steve Carlton striking out his 4000th batter, Nolan Ryan passing Walter Johnson on top of the career strikeout list, and the Marlins' World Series title in 2003.