Lon Simmons - Hall of Fame

Lon Simmons - Tell It Goodbye!

THE BAY AREA RADIO MUSEUM
PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO
HALL OF FAME BROADCASTER
LON SIMMONS

The Sounds Of Simmons

A visitor to San Francisco in the 1960s once referred to it as "The City of the Deaf" because everyone appeared to be outfitted with hearing aids. Those earpieces were actually connected to tiny transistor radios, the better to listen to the San Francisco Giants on 560/KSFO, with Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons in the broadcast booth at Candlestick Park.

From 1958, when the Giants arrived in Baghdad By The Bay, through the 1970 season, after which Hodges retired, the duo were among the finest to have graced the airwaves. From 1958 until 1962, in order to free Simmons up for 49ers broadcasts, they were joined in the broadcast booth by Bill King. When King left following the Giants' NL pennant-winning 1962 season, Russ and Lon were joined by Bill Thompson, a longtime friend of Simmons.

In recognition of their talents, Hodges (1980) and Simmons (2004) were honored with the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for their major contributions to baseball. In addition, Lon Simmons was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of the first class to be enshrined. Russ Hodges was inducted into BARHOF as a member of the Class of 2008.

We take you back now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...

KSFO 560 Radio San Francisco (1966)

Lon Simmons

 

Russ Hodges


Russ and Lon and The Giants:

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"It's Bye-Bye Baby!"

The Giants Fight Song
You won't hear Russ and Lon on this clip, but no Giants broadcast on KSFO and the Golden West Radio Network started without this classic fight song, inspired by Russ' famed "Bye-Bye Baby" home run call.

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It's Bye-Bye Baby
(The Giants Fight Song)

When the Giants come to town,
it's "Bye-Bye Baby!"
Every time the chips are down,
it's "Bye-Bye Baby!"
History's in the making
at Candlestick Park
Cheer for the batter
and light the spark!

If you're a fan of Giants baseball,
sing "Bye-Bye Baby!"
If you want to be in first place,
call "Bye-Bye Baby!"
Listen to the broadcast on KSFO
Turn up the volume and hear 'em go.

With the San Francisco Giants,
it's "Bye-Bye Baby!"

Candlestick Park (1960)

Candlestick Park

Willie Mays

Orlando Cepeda

Jimmy Davenport

Giants and Mets Fight...

The Famous Giants-Mets Fight
Future Giants manager Roger "Humm-Baby" Craig attempts to pick off Willie Mays, triggering a classic on-field rumble involving Craig, Mays, Elio Chacon and Orlando Cepeda. Lon makes the call, with Russ adding his comments
.

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"Tell It Goodbye!"

"Tell It Goodbye!"
Willie Mays launches one deep into the bleachers off Stan Williams and past Dodger left fielder Duke Snider, eliciting Lon's trademark call.

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Cepeda's Sacrifice Fly

Cepeda's Sacrifice Fly
Orlando Cepeda lofts a sacrifice fly to Dodger right fielder Ron Fairly (a future Giants broadcaster), scoring Bobby Bolin from third base.

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Matty's Base Hit...

Base Hit By Alou
The Dodgers' Ed Roebuck serves up a base hit to Matty Alou of the Giants.

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Davenport Takes Ball Four...

Davenport Gets A Free Pass
Matty Alou comes in to score as Jimmy Davenport takes a bases-loaded 3-1 pitch to force in a run.

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Giants Clinch Pennant...

The Giants Clinch The Pennant
Willie Mays hauls in a liner off the bat of Dodger Lee Walls to close out the 1962 playoff and send the Giants to the World Series against the New York Yankees.

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FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE...

1957

49ers vs. Colts (December 8, 1957; Partial Broadcast) Audio Presentation

Bob Fouts and Lon Simmons broadcast the game from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

1962

"The Giants Win The Pennant!" (1962; LP Album) Audio Presentation

A wrap-up of the Giants' phenomenal 1962 pennant-winning season, narrated by Russ and Lon, and featuring clips from KSFO broadcasts.

1970

Giants vs. Cubs (June 6, 1970; Complete) Audio Presentation

Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons broadcast the game from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

1972

Lon Simmons Sports Report on KSFO (1972; 77 seconds)

A brief excerpt from one of Lon's popular 5:45 PM sports reports, made an instant classic as the result of an unexpected sound bite dropped into the broadcast...

2004

Lon Simmons: Hall Of Fame Speech (July 25, 2004; 17 minutes)

Lon at his finest, at perhaps his greatest moment: accepting the Ford C. Frick Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

49ERS

Lon Simmons: Great 49er Plays (Assorted Clips; 96 seconds)

Some of Lon's most memorable calls on 49ers broadcasts, including the fabled Jim Marshall "wrong-way safety" (Oct. 25, 1964); Joe Montana's 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor in Super Bowl XXIII (Jan. 22, 1989); Steve Young's game-winning 49-yard run against the Vikings (Oct. 30, 1988); and John Brodie's 61-yard TD pass to Jimmy Thomas (Sept. 27, 1970).

 

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