For the umpteenth time Bay Area icon and long-time sports broadcaster Bill King did not receive the necessary votes to be inducted into the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame. This is just a tremendous injustice. So many fans associate their love of team with their local broadcasters. No one exemplified this passion more than the great Bill King. Not only was his emotion for the game and his team’s second-to-none, but his descriptions of what was actually taking place on the court or field is unparalleled.
LISTEN TO KING CALL GAME 4 OF THE 1975 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS BETWEEN THE BULLS AND WARRIORS. GOLDEN STATE WAS DOWN 2-GAMES-TO-1 AND TRAILED BY 18 BEFORE RICK BARRY LED THEM BACK….
There are so many broadcasters today that are either cookie-cutter, general in scope or just plain boring. In a day where it’s all about who-you-know instead of…how good you are….the likes of Bill King are obsolete.
Bay Area fans grew to love his passion-filled broadcasts of Golden State Warriors basketball, his incredible connection to the Silver and Black and his infamous calls with the Oakland Raiders and during the latter stages of his career his descriptions and playful way of broadcasting Oakland A’s baseball.
KING WAS AT THIS BEST DURING GAME 7 OF THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS IN 1975 AS THE WARRIORS TRAILED CHICAGO ENTERING THE 4TH QUARTER BEFORE RICK BARRY LED THE WARRIORS TO A COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN…
It is my contention that the Hall of Fame is incomplete without King. How can you have a Hall without a man who is considered by so many……as The Standard by which a game should be called on the radio. Many of us in the business who enjoyed his decades of calls, will not rest until we can celebrate Bill King in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame. Until then, the place just seems empty.
*Broadcast footage courtesy of the Bill King Broadcasting Library and The Warriors: A Championship