Hall of Famer
Lead Play-by-Play Radio Announcer
Dave Van Horne enters his 55th year broadcasting professional baseball, his 52nd season at the Major League level, and his 20th with the Marlins. In 2011 he received baseball's highest honor for a broadcaster when he was the National Baseball Hall of Fame's recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award at the annual induction ceremonies in Cooperstown.
His baseball broadcast career began in the International League in 1966 where he broadcast Richmond Braves' games for three seasons. During his years Virginia, he broadcast football, baseball and basketball and was a two time winner of the Sportscaster of the Year Award for that state, presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Dave began his Major League broadcast career when he became the Montreal Expos lead announcer in the team's inaugural season, 1969. He remained there for 32 years on radio and television as the team's primary voice. He became the Marlins' radio voice in 2001. The team honored Dave last September in a pre-game ceremony at Marlins Park on the occasion of completing his 50th year broadcasting Major League Baseball.
During the course of his career, Dave has been at the mic for 14 no-hitters, including three perfect games. Among his on-air highlights: the 3,000th hits for Willie Mays and Tony Gwynn, and Pete Rose's 1,500th, 3,000th, and 4,000th hits. He was in the booth with partner Glenn Geffner when Glenn called Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th hit. Among the honors Dave has received:
1996: The Jack Graney Award, presented by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, for contributions to baseball through broadcasting.
2011 Career Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada and the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
2012: Inducted into the Wilson High Schools Hall of Fame in his hometown, Easton, PA
2013: The Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award at the Eric Reid-Tony Florentine charity dinner in Miami.
2014: Induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June at St. Mary's, ONT
Dave was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. He's been a resident of South Florida since 1982 and currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Josee. He has five sons, 11 grandchildren, and a daughter, Madison, a student at the University of Tampa.