Emmy Award-Winning Series Celebrates Illustrious Hall of Fame Career of Legendary Bay Area Broadcaster
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 17, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the home of the “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” will celebrate the extraordinary life and Hall of Fame career of one of sports broadcasting’s most iconic figures, Lon Simmons, with the latest installment of its Emmy Award-winning Legends series. Legends: Lon Simmons, a riveting half-hour special, debuts three days after Simmons’ 91st birthday, on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m., following the San Francisco Giants-Philadelphia Phillies game and Giants Postgame Live.
Simmons’ illustrious career has been a soundtrack of greatness for more than four decades. In Legends: Lon Simmons, the Hall of Famer sits down to discuss his life and times around the game and relives some of his biggest thrills and most memorable calls. Additionally, the show features broadcasters Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller, Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Dennis Eckersley, Ken Korach and Ted Robinson as they share their unique perspectives on Simmons in and out of the broadcast booth.
Note the following quotes from Legends: Lon Simmons: premiering Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:
Dennis Eckersley on growing up with Simmons – "I listened to him on the radio in bed late at night, and to this day remember his voice was just so calming until someone hit a home run, and then the call was ‘You can tell it goodbye!' I'll never forget that until the day I die."
Ray Fosse on Simmons receiving the Ford C. Frick Award – "If anyone earned the Ford Frick Award in the Baseball Hall of Fame it's Lon Simmons just because he is such a great person but also one of the greatest and most respected broadcasters I've ever known."
Mike Krukow on what Simmons meant to him as a broadcaster – "I always said that if I was going to be a broadcaster I wanted to be like him because he had humor, he had insights, he was just fun to listen to."
Ted Robinson on Simmons’ call of Steve Young’s 49-yard game-winning touchdown run against Minnesota – "The Steve Young play is one of the great calls of all time because it's pure emotion."
One of the original voices of the Giants when they moved to San Francisco, the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award winner originally teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Russ Hodges in 1958 to begin the first of three different stints in the Giants broadcasting booth (1958-73, 1976-78 and 1996-2002). From 1981-95, Simmons moved across the bay to Oakland, where he partnered with Bill King to broadcast A’s games. For over two decades, he was also the voice of the San Francisco 49ers (1957-80 and 1987-1988). Best known for his “Tell It Goodbye” home run call, Simmons retired from broadcasting in 2002 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
After the July 22 debut, Legends: Lon Simmons re-airs on Wednesday, July 23 at 10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and on Comcast SportsNet California on Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m.
The Legends series features Bay Area sports icons and teams who have not only left their mark on the local sports scene but have transformed the landscape nationally through their incredible and legendary achievements. Past Legends shows have featured MLB Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Rickey Henderson; NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice; 2010 and 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants; and the 1972-1974 Oakland A’s World Championship teams.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, AFL’s San Jose SaberCats and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. Comcast SportsNet California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, Yahoo SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com. Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.
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