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Dodgers News: Joe Davis on Short List for Broadcasting Award

Dodgers play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, who called his first World Series in 2022 as the new voice of baseball for Fox Sports, has been named a finalist for the California Sportscaster Award presented by the National Sports Media Association. It would be his first time winning the award.

Tim Roye is the only finalist besides Davis who hasn’t won the award before. Duane Kuiper won it in 2020, Mike Krukow won in 2015 and 2017, and Ken Korach won in 2013.

This is the 64th year for this award, which has historically been dominated by the Los Angeles area. Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who passed away this year at the age of 94, won the award 33 times. Legendary Lakers announcer Chick Hearn won the award nine times, including the very first one in 1959, and Kings announcer Bob Miller won it twice. Other Los Angeles broadcasters to win the award include Fred Roggin, Dick Enberg (four times), Jim Rome, and Ralph Lawler.

According to the association’s website, “The National Sports Media Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which seeks to develop educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing a career in sports media, through networking, interning, mentoring, and scholarship programs.”

The NSMA also has a Hall of Fame, which includes plenty of Dodgers and/or Los Angeles connections. Former Brooklyn Dodgers announcer Red Barber, who hired Scully in 1950, was inducted in 1973. Ernie Harwell, who called games for Brooklyn for a couple years before his legendary career with the Tigers, was inducted in 1989. Scully was elected in 1991, Enberg in 1996, and Hearn in 1997.

Congratulation to Davis on the honor, and let’s hope he brings home the award!

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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2 Comments

  1. Joe has done well at least on a national basis, it seems like at times he’s doing 2 different games in different places at times for different networks, partly a reflection of respect for him and partly the broadcast world of today. And I admit he has had impossible shoes to fill, who can replace Vin Scully? You always want to replace the bad guy, not the legend, no matter how good you are.

    But at the same time I’m not wow’d by him. Now there are more that are worse than are better and he may improve with age like a fine wine, but to me he’s kind of a yawn. Nothing bad to say about him, but forgettable.

    I’d vote for Orel in a heartbeat over Joe and even Krukow who I hear regularly as I live in the north but still am a Dodgers fan from where I grew up.

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