Cooperstown, NY (Sports Network) - Lon Simmons, one of the original voices of the San Francisco Giants, was named winner of the Ford C. Frick Award on Thursday for his contributions to baseball broadcasting.
Simmons called games for the Giants and Oakland for 41 years before retiring following the 2002 season. He will be inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer and will be joined by 2004 Hall of Fame electees Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor the final weekend of July.
"Lon Simmons has been among the most respected major league broadcasters in the Bay Area for more than four decades. He is so deserving of this honor and everyone at the Hall of Fame is delighted with his selection," said Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey. "Lon's deep baritone, irreverent sense of humor and unassuming personality made him so likeable - a favorite of players and fans alike. His ability to tell fun and interesting stories and conduct insightful interviews captivated and educated several generations of Bay Area fans. We look forward to being with Lon and his family during Hall of Fame weekend."
Russ Hodges was the lone announcer to make the move when the Giants relocated to San Francisco in 1958. Simmons joined Hodges for the team's first broadcasts at Seals Stadium. The duo worked together for 13 years before Simmons retired in 1973 following the death of his first wife. Simmons then came back to the Giants in 1976 and worked with the team three more seasons before heading to Oakland to broadcast A's games from 1981-95. He rejoined the Giants' broadcast team in 1996 before retiring.
One of Simmons' finest moments came calling the 600th home run of Willie Mays' career.
Simmons becomes just the 29th broadcaster to earn the prestigious honor. Bob Uecker was last year's recipient.