COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The 2004 Ford Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence will go to Lon Simmons, the announcer known for his home run call "Tell it goodbye."
The award will be presented July 25 during baseball's annual Hall of Fame ceremonies. Simmons joins 28 other announcers in the hall's broadcast wing.
Simmons called games for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. He was part of the Giants' announcing team -- with Russ Hodges -- when the team first started playing in San Francisco in 1958.
"Lon Simmons has been among the most respected major league broadcasters in the Bay Area for more than four decades," Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey said Thursday. "He is so deserving of this honor and everyone at the Hall of Fame is delighted with his selection."
Simmons, 80, retired in 2002 and lives in Hawaii.