Longtime San Francisco Giants Voice Lon Simmons Dies At 91
April 6, 2015 at 3:54 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS and 49ERS and OAKLAND ATHLETICS radio voice and Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster LON SIMMONS, who died SUNDAY (4/5) at 91
SIMMONS, a former minor league pitcher, worked in radio in ELKO, NV and MARYSVILLE and YUBA CITY, CA before spending three years calling FRESNO STATE sports at KMJ-A/FRESNO. Moving to KSFO-A/SAN FRANCISCO as Sports Dir. in 1957, SIMMONS joined the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS radio crew as color announcer in 1957 and moved over to play-by-play in 1958, calling the NINERS games through 1981 and again in 1987-88; when the GIANTS moved from NEW YORK to SAN FRANCISCO in 1958, SIMMONS teamed with RUSS HODGES to call the games on KSFO. SIMMONS called GIANTS games in 1958-73 and 1976-78, and part-time in 1996-2002, coming back for guest appearances in 2006; he also called OAKLAND A'S games in 1981-95.
SIMMONS was awarded the FORD C. FRICK Award by the NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME in 2004.