Eric Nadel is in his 21st year as the lead voice on the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts. It marks his 36th year broadcasting Rangers baseball, the longest tenure of any announcer in the history of the franchise and the second longest continuous current stint in the American League. He was inducted as the 15th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on August 11, 2012, and was a 1991 inductee into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Eric is also a seven-time recipient (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, and a two-time winner of the Associated Press award for best play-by-play in Texas.
Eric was the 2014 recipient of baseball’s Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and was honored at the Hall of Fame’s Awards Presentation on July 26 in Cooperstown, New York. He became the first primary voice of the Texas Rangers to be honored with the Frick Award, which was first presented in 1978.
Eric joined the Rangers in 1979 and called games on television and radio in his first three seasons. He became the team’s lead radio voice in 1995, and among his most memorable calls are Nolan Ryan’s 5,000th career strikeout on August 22, 1989, the Rangers’ major league record 30-run outburst on August 22, 2007, and the final outs of Game 6 of the 2010 and 2011 American League Championship Series which sent the franchise to its first two World Series.
Eric is also the author of three books, including Texas Rangers: The Authorized History, published in 1997. A graduate of Brown University, where he called football and hockey on the college radio station, Eric and his wife Jeannie reside in Dallas.