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Bob Costas on receiving call about Hall of Fame nod: ‘I got goose bumps’

Bob Costas without question boasts iconic status in the world of sports broadcasting. And now, thanks to an honor bestowed upon him this week, the longtime broadcaster will join his heroes in Cooperstown in tribute to his decades-long contributions to covering Major League Baseball.

It was announced earlier this week that Costas, 65, was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, meaning he has earned enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And it’s readily apparently Costas is extremely humbled by the recognition.

“I got goose bumps,” Costas said of receiving a call from Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson notifying him of the honor. “Of all these things I’ve done, this is at the top of the list.”

Costas mentioned how among the countless congratulatory messages he’s received since the announcement, many have involved how he joins boyhood idol Mickey Mantle as Hall of Fame enshrinees.

“People have pointed that out,” said Costas. “But I don’t consider this on the level of the ballplayers, but I do think about the broadcasters that I grew up with like Red Barber, Vin Scully, Jack Buck … my gosh, goose bumps.

“If someone asks for my autograph and they want me to write HOF under it, I’ll do it, but only if they ask for it.”