Bill King Wins 2017 Ford Frick Award

Susan Slusser, reporting for the San Francisco Chronicle:

Late A’s broadcaster Bill King, known as the best three-sport announcer in history, was named the winner of the 2017 Frick award Wednesday after finishing as a finalist for the honors seven times.

King, beloved in the Bay Area for his superb work on the Raiders and Warriors, as well as the A’s, was championed for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcasting award by current A’s play by play man Ken Korach.

“It’s just incredible,” Korach said by phone. “A lot of tears, to be honest with you. It’s so heartwarming, I’ve heard from broadcasters, writers. It’s really emotional. This is going to be such a wonderful celebration for A’s fans and that’s the definition of a Hall of Famer - someone who had that kind of impact on so many people. Bill King was a one-in-a-million person.”

If you, like me, grew up a baseball fan in the Bay Area, you know how great Bill King was.

Slusser's headline for this piece could not be more appropriate—"finally," indeed.