Recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 2004, Simmons flashed his characteristic, self-deprecating sense of humor in a chat with reporters.
"Fans of a certain age tell me that they used to take their transistor radios to bed and fall asleep listening to me," said Simmons, who was at the microphone for the Giants' debuts at Seals Stadium (1958), Candlestick Park (1960) and Pacific Bell Park (2000). "I tell them that I used to put people to sleep all the time."
Simmons also threw the ceremonial first pitch. Formerly a Minor League pitching prospect in the Phillies organization, Simmons stood a few feet in front of the mound and one-hopped Sergio Romo with his toss.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.