"Can you believe it?"

The radio voice of the Boston Red Sox is bound for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Joe Castiglione has provided play-by-play and color commentary for the Red Sox for over 40 years, longer than anyone else in the team's history.

Castiglione is the 2024 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the Hall of Fame.

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Joseph John Castiglione was born in Hamden, Connecticut, on March 2, 1947. Castiglione entered the Red Sox broadcast booth in 1983, teaming with broadcast legend Ken Coleman. For a little perspective, Carl Yastrzemski was still playing when Joe joined the team.

Castiglione began his broadcast career on television in Ohio. He called Cleveland Indians games before moving to Wisconsin to handle broadcasting duties for the Milwaukee Brewers and then returned to Cleveland and the Indians.

Boston Red Sox Announcer Castiglione Headed To The Hall Of Fame
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In announcing Castiglione as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch said, "Bringing knowledge and passion to the booth every day for more than four decades, Joe Castiglione has given voice to the greatest era of Red Sox success in the broadcast era."

Castiglione called some historic games for the Red Sox, including the 2004 World Series, the team's first title in 86 years.

Castiglione bested a field of 10 nominees for the award, including Joe Buck and Dan Shulman. Already a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, Castiglione will be presented with the Ford C. Frick Award during ceremonies at Cooperstown during Hall of Fame weekend, July 19-22, 2024.

For the record, Castiglione grew up cheering for the New York Yankees.

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