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05/11/2006 3:55 PM ET
Hall of Famer Lon Simmons rejoins Giants
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Hall of Fame broadcaster and local legend Lon Simmons has rejoined the San Francisco Giants serving in a capacity as a community ambassador and fill-in broadcaster, the team's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Baer announced today.

As a "Community Ambassador" for the Giants, Simmons will visit San Francisco during selected homestands during the 2006 season as well as during the off season and Scottsdale for Spring Training. He will make appearances at various team events, such as the Play Ball Luncheon, Winter Fan Fest, Opening Day, occasional emcee for on-field events, sponsor and community appearances.

One of the original voices of the San Francisco Giants, Simmons will join the team's talented broadcast crew on a fill-in basis. The 2004 Ford Frick Award winner originally teamed with fellow Hall-of-Famer Russ Hodges to form arguably the finest broadcast team in sports history in 1958 to kick off the first of three different stints in the Giants broadcast booth (1958-73, '76-78 and '96-2002) that spanned 23 seasons.

"When you can add a Hall of Famer to your broadcasting lineup, it's a no brainer," said Baer. "Lon is synonomous with Giants baseball and we're glad to have him back here on the mainland to continue his relationship with the team. Not only will fans get a chance to hear his wit and charm on broadcasts, but they'll also have a chance to interact with him on a personal level in his role as an ambassador for the team."

The man with the trademark "Tell It Goodbye" home run call retired to Hawaii after the 2002 season and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in the summer of 2004.

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