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Eric Nadel Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Education, Net Worth

Eric Nadel is an American sports announcer on radio broadcasts for the Texas Rangers baseball organization. He won the Ford C. Frick Award in 2014.

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Eric Nadel Biography

Eric Nadel is an American sports announcer on radio broadcasts for the Texas Rangers baseball organization. He won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence for the 2014 season.

Nadel is also the author of several books (see Bibliography). In 2018, inspired after reading a rhymed radio ad, he began writing baseball-inspired limericks. His limericks have been published in a book titled Lim-Eric!.

Eric Nadel Age

Nadel was born on May 16, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York, New York City. He is 68 years old as of 2019. Nadel is an American by nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity.

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Eric Nadel Family

His mother volunteered for an organization for emotionally disturbed children, and his family has a history with depression and anxiety. Nadel made his mental health a priority in 2013 when, for the first time in nearly 40 years, he began taking games off.

The thought of not working, not calling a game, not being in the radio booth, stressed him out. What if he missed a no-hitter? A perfect game?

Eric Nadel Wife

Nadel is a married man. He is married to Jeannie Nadel. He resides in Dallas and Durango, CO with their dog, Kirby, a terrier mix.

Eric Nadel Children

We have no record of whether he has children or not. He has not revealed to the media about his personal life.

Eric Nadel Education

Nadel attended Midwood High School after graduating, he joined Brooklyn College (class of 1972).

Eric Nadel Career

At Brown University (1972 class), he created his abilities by announcing hockey and soccer matches on WBRU radio station. He had minor play-by-play hockey league stints in Muskegon, Oklahoma City, and Dallas, and was also the Women’s Professional Basketball League Dallas Diamonds radio voice.

The Rangers employed Nadel in 1979, and in his first three seasons he called television and radio matches. He started a 13-year run with Mark Holtz as the WBAP radio team in 1982 and returned to the TV booth for a year in 1984. When Holtz relocated to television in 1995, Nadel became the lead radio voice of the team. Nadel has worked with Brad Sham, Vince Cotroneo, and Victor Rojas since becoming the Rangers ‘ main play-by-play voice.

Nadel announced in May 2006 that he had signed a “lifetime agreement” with the Rangers, enabling him to remain on their broadcast team until he decides to retire. He later said he hopes his agreement will survive. Starting in 2009, he partnered with long-standing ESPN and former announcer Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, Dave Barnett, who also played television games with Brad Sham in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The former MLB pitcher Steve Busby was Nadel’s partner after Barnett relocated to television.

Nadel has been entered in the radio booth by Matt Hicks since July 2012 after Busby replaced Barnett on TV. Rangers matches are now mainly on The Fan 105.3, which since the 2015 season has been the flagship station of the Rangers. Nadel joined a handful of broadcasters at the end of the 2018 season to call for 40-year Major League Baseball games, with the added distinction of calling them all for one franchise.

Among Nadel’s, most memorable calls were the 5000th strikeout of Nolan Ryan’s career on August 22, 1989. His main home run call is “That ball is history!”

The arrival of Rubén Sierra in Texas motivated Nadel to learn Spanish. Nadel is now a fluent Spanish speaker, having taken part in Spanish-language game broadcasts in a number of Latin American countries.

Eric Nadel Net Worth

As of 2019, the American broadcaster has an estimated net worth of $8,662,894.

Eric Nadel Interview

Rangers’ Eric Nadel on his job, his memories and when the fly didn’t work

Q: What is your most lingering memory from your first Rangers broadcast back in 1979?

Nadel: It was a spring training game in Fort Myers against the Royals. I worked with Jon Miller and Bill Merrill on a day we did radio and TV. I did color for Jon on TV for seven innings, and went over to radio and did play-by-play for two innings. It was hot and steamy in the tiny booths at the old rickety Terry Park and from the radio booth you could not see a big chunk of the left field corner. The Rangers won, and after the game I went down to the field and did an interview with Billy Sample, who was the star of the game. I had brought along an extra shirt and a pair of slacks to change into for the postgame interview, as my clothes were drenched with sweat.

Q: And your regular-season debut?

Nadel: My second broadcast was my first regular-season game. It was opening day at Tiger Stadium. It was sunny but freezing cold and the booths were outside on the roof as there had been a fire in the press box during the off-season and the regular booths were not ready. I did most of the game on TV with Frank Glieber, and two innings of radio with Jon Miller.

Fortunately, Fergie Jenkins pitched a very quick complete game, an 8-2 victory. I remember Johnny Grubb, the second hitter of the game, belting a home run onto the right field roof. I was wearing a short leather jacket, and during a trip to the men’s room I had broken the zipper on my pants. When I went down to do the postgame TV interview on the field with Fergie, I had to wear Glieber’s huge white trench coat to cover up my unclosed fly.

Q: In your early days with the Rangers you also sold sponsorships. What kind of salesman were you?

Nadel: I was barely OK. I was never really suited for selling, as I am not the type who likes persuading people to do things. But I could make very good presentations, and I did sell some big sponsorships. Steak and Ale and Chili’s are the two I remember best. I actually sold sponsorships in the off-season for my first six years.

Q: Have you ever come close to leaving for another broadcasting

Nadel: No and I never had any offers. I was approached a couple of times about applying for other openings, but I always loved my job here so much that I never pursued them.

Q: Who has been the greatest influence on your career?

Nadel: That would have to be Roy Parks, who was the director of the Rangers radio/tv network. He hired me for this job. Had it not been for him, I would have continued as a hockey announcer and never had the chance to do baseball. He also had the patience to stick with me while I learned to do baseball on the job, and the good judgment to pair me with Mark Holtz in 1982, which was the key to my improving dramatically and being a part of a broadcast team that gained widespread acceptance.

Q: What do you credit for your longevity in the Rangers booth?

Nadel: There’s an old saying, “there’s no accounting for taste.” Seriously, I guess I have been lucky enough to connect with the fans on some level where they are comfortable listening to me. I hope and believe they have the feeling that we are all friends and we are in this together. That’s how I felt when I was young, listening to the New York Mets and Yankees announcers. When people tell me that they grew up listening to me, it’s a tremendous thrill for me.

Q: Why have you never moved to television?

Nadel: I did radio and TV in three of my early seasons, and I never enjoyed doing TV nearly as much as radio, primarily because you don’t get to describe things. Painting the word picture is a big part of the fun of radio, and the TV viewer already has the picture. Plus, I don’t like having to follow the monitor so my words match up with the pictures. I don’t care for a director talking in my ear telling me what to do. And I hate wearing a jacket and tie, especially when it’s hot. On radio, I have the freedom to say what I want, when I want to, dress comfortably and not have to worry about the look of whatever little hair I have left. Also, as a TV announcer you don’t get to do the post-season games, which is a major drawback.

Q: What is the history of your “That ball is history” home run call?

Nadel: When I got this job, I had a whole off-season to prepare. I was at a party one night, and someone was leaving. He said goodbye by saying, “Ok, I am history,” which was a common expression at the time. It occurred to me that it would be an interesting way to call a home run, saying the ball is history. I figured I would try it some time and see how it sounded.

When I finally got to call a Rangers home run, it was at the Kingdome in Seattle, and Johnny Grubb, a left-handed batter, sliced a fly ball down the left field line. I was just following the ball, expecting it to either be foul or off the wall, and as I said, “that ball is…”, I saw the ball disappear over the wall, and what came out of my mouth was “history.” I listened to the call later and thought it sounded good, and people seemed to like it, so I stuck with it.

Q: Is there an event you would pay to broadcast?

Nadel: Not anymore, as I don’t think I have the skills to do it, but having started as a hockey announcer, my dream was always to do the seventh game of a Stanley Cup Final. I would have paid for a chance to do that. And I have never broadcast boxing, but as a kid I would listen on radio to the heavyweight championship fights and nothing on radio was ever that exciting. The radio broadcast of Ali beating Sonny Liston is probably the most exciting event I have ever heard on the radio.

Q: Do you prepare the same way for every game?

Nadel: There is more preparation needed for the first time we play a team, and for the first game of each series, as I catch up on what is going on with the opposing team. All of that is much easier now with so much available on the Internet, and the comprehensive press notes that most teams put out. But it is still time consuming, a few hours for each game. It’s really tough when you have a day game after a night game. There just isn’t the amount of time available. I like to read the accounts of the previous day’s game from different media outlets that cover both teams, talk to players about whatever questions have come up in my head. And my daily session with Ron Washington, during which we have an informal conversation and record the manager’s show, is a total pleasure and obviously very helpful.

Q: You turn on satellite radio to listen to a game. Which broadcaster would you seek out?

Nadel: Jon Miller was my first partner here and I still consider him to be my mentor. I think he is the best baseball broadcaster of my generation. I listen to him doing the Giants games as often as I can. I always come away smiling, and with ideas on how to improve my own broadcasts. Vin Scully is the all-time best, and is still great, and I still love listening to him. His use of the language is beautiful.

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