560/KSFO, San Francisco
“The Giants Win The Pennant”
Fantasy Records, 1962
Featuring Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons and Bill King
A retrospective of the Giants’ pennant-winning 1962 campaign, as presented by their flagship station, KSFO, featuring the voices of Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons — plus an occasional entry by the third man in the booth, Bill King.
This recording was released as a long-playing album on Fantasy Records (catalog number GB-1962) and was produced by Franklin Mieuli, who also owned San Francisco’s KHIP (106.9 FM) and had a close relationship with Berkeley-based Fantasy, which was best known as a jazz label.
Following the 1962 Giants’ season, the entrepreneurial Mieuli sold KHIP, bought the NBA’s fledgling Philadelphia Warriors, moved them to San Francisco, and hired Bill King as his play-by-play man.
All four men mentioned here – Hodges (2008), Simmons (2006), King (2006) and Mieuli (2007) – have been honored by induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.