Credit Roy Eisenhardt, the president of the Oakland Athletics, in 1981 for managing to pull off the impossible: the son-in-law of Walter Haas brought together Lon Simmons and Bill King to broadcast Oakland A's games during the inauguration of the Billy Ball era and Haas/Levi family ownership--one of the greatest pairings in sports broadcast history. Two industry giants in the same broadcast booth together for 15 years. On KSFO no less.
*Simmons died Sunday at the age of 91. He was not only a great broadcaster who possessed uncanny humor and insight he was also fiercely independent and didn't take any crap. Ask Mickey Luckoff, the former VP of the old KGO. Luckoff regularly battled with Simmons behind the scenes--this took place while the 49ers, whom Simmons broadcast games for on KGO in 1989 abruptly left and essentially told Luckoff to stuff it up where the sun didn't shine. Soon after, Joe Starkey took over for Lon. Luckoff got tattered over the affair and the 49ers and KGO lost the services of Simmons. The battle? Money was at the heart of it. Like I said, Simmons didn't take any crap and never liked Luckoff. Fire and ice for sure.
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