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Ode To Bill King

I wanted to post this yesterday but I was far too emotional from the shock of Bill's passing. Fortunately, I was able to read my poem over the airwaves on KNBR with Ralph and Tom.
Here it is:

               Ode To Bill King

                October 18, 2005

Today we mourn the passing of a legend
As we send the great Bill King off to heaven-
No one could have predicted this sorrowful story
Without giving the gentle devil his moment of glory-

From the green n' gold to the silver and black
Calling A's homeruns to the Raiders passing attack
The excitement of Warriors basketball
Flashing, dazzling our ears on the court
The only voice to call twenty years, in three different sports-

As I sit here with tears running down my face
I can smile remembering how he handled with grace
The play by play man giving us the score
Yet knowing we we will not here the great one, anymore-

But on we march with pride in our hearts
As we see our friend begin a new start-

               So Remember....

From Rick Barry/Kenny Stabler/
to the Brothers of Bash
We celebrate the life of the man,
With the handlebar mustache-

And I leave you with this poem
I wish there were a song.....
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Holy Toledo!
The great Bill King is gone"

Rest in Peace sweet devil....we love you.

Martin Vincent Rodriguez..........

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