San Francisco Giants: Mike Krukow A Finalist for Ford C. Frick Award

By Michael Saltzman

The San Francisco Giants announcer Mike Krukow has been named a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Among the finalists is also longtime Oakland A’s Announcer Bill King.

Mike Krukow played seven seasons (1983-1989) for the Giants before retiring after the Battle of the Bay World Series in 1989. Krukow began broadcasting as an analyst for KNBR radio in 1990 and became a full-time broadcaster in 1994. Krukow and play by play partner Duane Kuiper have worked together since 1994 and have become a staple of Giants games ever since. “Kruk and Kuip” have become as much a part of Giants fans love for the team as the players on the field.

Krukow’s passion and love for the game and the Giants shines through in his broadcasts. Besides Krukow and King, other finalists include Pat Hughes of the Chicago Cubs and Ken Harrelson of the Chicago White Sox.

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King, who was a long time announcer for the A’s, Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders, was one of the greatest voices in sports throughout his career. For the A’s, he was their voice from 1981-2005. Very few play by play announcers are able to seamlessly move from one sport to another has effortlessly as King did. He has been a finalist now for the Ford C. Frick award eight times and it is long overdue. Both King and Krukow are revered in the Bay Area and will have a chance to be forever enshrined in Cooperstown in 2017. Susan Slusser, a beat writer for the Athletics went to Twitter to show her support for the legendary voice of Oakland sports.

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