Giants, A’s broadcaster Lon Simmons passes

Lon Simmons, best known as the voice of the San Francisco Giants, but also a broadcaster for the Oakland A’s and 49ers, has passed away at age 91.  Simmons, whose influence on northern California professional sports is considered by some to be similar to Vin Scully’s in southern California, moved west with the Giants in 1958 to be on their first broadcasting team in San Francisco, along with Russ Hodges, and called many historic games and plays of the likes of Willie Mays, Willie McCovery, the great right-handed pitcher Juan Marichal who in a rage once clobbered Dodger catcher John Roseboro with a baseball bat, and 49ers quarterback thJoe Montana.

An excellent obituary appears here in http://www.sfgate.com/sports/shea/article/Lon-Simmons-Bay-Area-broadcasting-legend-dead-6180395.php.

Lon Simmons, Rest in Peace.