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Lon Simmons: San Francisco 49ers Broadcasting Legend

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

To the younger generation of Bay Area sports fans, Lon Simmons is probably best known for his tenure as a broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland Athletics, as he had long stints with both teams.

He is a highly regarded announcer and started calling 49ers games back in 1957, and joined Russ Hodges when the Giants moved out west the next year. For me, he will always be the guy who made some of the best calls in 49ers history.

This might come as blasphemy to most 49ers fans, especially the younger ones who mainly know Joe Starkey as the voice of the 49ers. Starkey has some legendary calls to go along with his trademark phrase, “What a Bonanza!”

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