SF Giants broadcaster, Hall of Fame announcer Jon Miller, celebrated his 69th birthday on Sunday. What better time is there to look back on his storied career?
Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller is celebrating his 69th birthday today. He has been the SF Giants primary play-by-play announcer since 1997 and alongside Dave Flemming, Duane Kuiper, and Mike Krukow, Miller is part of one of the best local broadcast teams in MLB.
Miller grew up in Hayward, California listening to Giants games that featured broadcasting legends like Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges. He began dreaming of calling games from the press box and started recording his own play-by-play for Strat-O-Matic games. When he graduated from high school, Miller attended the College of San Mateo, where he took broadcasting classes.
For the next nine years, Miller bounced around the west coast, calling various sports at different levels. From 1969-1978, Miller broadcast for the Oakland Athletics, California Golden Seals (National Hockey League), USF Dons men’s basketball, Pacific Tigers men’s basketball, San Jose Earthquakes (National American Soccer League), and Washington Diplomats (NASL).
In 1978, Miller became a full-time broadcaster for the Texas Rangers. A couple of years later, the Boston Red Sox brought him over to Fenway Park where he was a play-by-play guy until he was hired to call Baltimore Orioles games in 1983.
From 1983-1996, Miller was the voice of Orioles baseball. Following the 1996 season, owner Peter Angelos was critical of his honest commentary style. Luckily for Giants fans, they were happy to give Miller a new home after Baltimore let him go.
In 1990, ESPN paired Miller with Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan to be the voices of Sunday Night Baseball. Until 2010, the two shared the booth for one of the most signature broadcasts in baseball.
In 2021, Miller will be broadcasting SF Giants games for the 25th year of his career. The Around the Foghorn team wishes him a happy and safe 69th birthday. We, like most fans, cannot wait to hear Miller’s calls of Giants baseball next year.