Lon Simmons Honored By Frick Award
Lon Simmons receives the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award
Lon Simmons receives the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award

Posted Feb 27, 2004


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

The views expressed in the columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the site's publisher, writers, or other staff members. The content on this site may not be redistributed without the expressed consent of SFDugout.com.


Related Stories
11 in the hand vs. Vlad in the Bush
 -by GiantsPipeline.com  Feb 27, 2004
Jason Schmidt Expected To Make Opening Day Start
 -by GiantsPipeline.com  Feb 29, 2004
Top Ten SF Players To Watch In Spring Training
 -by GiantsPipeline.com  Feb 24, 2004

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES
> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from GiantsPipeline.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > San Francisco
Baseball > San Francisco
[View My HotList]