Lon Simmons Honored By Frick Award

Giants fans everywhere either remember or still hear about the "tell it goodbye" phrase, which was put into use by Lon Simmons, a long-time Bay Area sports announcer. Retiring after the 2002 season, the 80-year-old Simmons received the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellent.

Lon Simmons was honored by being the 2004 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. Simmons has been an active voice on the radio throughout the Bay Area, calling games for not only the San Francisco Giants in 1958-1973, 1976-1978, and 1996-2000, but also for the Oakland A's for 15 years, and the San Francisco 49ers from 1957-1980 and 1987-1988.

The other finalists were Ken Coleman, Jack Graney, Graham McNamee, Joe Nuxhall, Hal Totten, Fene Elston, France Laux, Dave Niehaus, and Ty Tyson.

With this award, Simmons joins other Giant greats in the Hall of Fame such as Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Juan Marichal.

Players, broadcasters, and fans alike give Simmons a huge amount of respect, and they displayed it by backing him in votes for this award. However, Simmons remain humble, and says he considers himself to be lucky, not a superstar.

Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

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