SAN FRANCISCO—Many fans grew-up on his voice, one that brought the action of the diamond to life in a way that truly resonated within the Bay Area sports fan.
But following the news that Lon Simmons, the former voice of the Giants, 49ers, and the A’s passed away at 91, fans can reflect and rejoice in the broadcaster’s Hall of Fame career; one that spread word of World Series championships and game-winning touchdowns across the Bay Area.
Simmons’ career, spanning five-decades, allowed him to touch generations of fans with his sonorous voice and sharp wit, a reality evidenced by the reflections of Giants CEO Larry Baer.
“Hearing his broadcasts ignited me and thousands of others’ passion for Giants baseball,” Baer said. “He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Besides Baer, many notable Bay Area sports figures to public channels to share memories and express their fondness of the legendary broadcaster.
“It will be impossible for us Giants broadcasters meant to us personally,” Giants play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming wrote. “He was the best.”