The Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Historical Association is pleased to announce baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller as its 2018 San Mateo County History Maker. Miller is best known locally for his 21 years as the San Francisco Giants play-by-play announcer. Among his professional highlights is broadcasting all three of the Giants' World Series championships.
His connection to San Mateo County is two-fold; first, his initial work as a baseball broadcaster was for the College of San Mateo back in 1969; second, he and his wife Janine today live on the San Mateo County Coastside.
The San Mateo County History Makers Dinner will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 27. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a hosted cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a brief live auction, a special film created by the Historical Association as a salute to Miller and then comments by Jon himself. The Master of Ceremonies will be Giants commentator Marty Lurie.
Jon Miller’s broadcast career has been amazing. He grew up in Hayward and got baseball under his skin at the age of 10, when he saw the Giants beat the Dodgers 19 to 8 at old Candlestick Park. He quips he wanted to become a broadcaster after seeing an announcer having free food and drink in the press box! Miller credits the statistical game Strat-O-Matic with advancing his speaking skills as he would pretend to be Vin Scully or other legendary announcers while playing the game.
After high school, he chose to attend the College of San Mateo because it had developed a widely-respected radio and television curriculum. He began calling school games over the College’s radio station (KCSM-FM). This included his first baseball broadcasts. After CSM he went to work as the sports director at KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa, and his career was launched.
Beginning in 1986, he became known nationally for announcing television games for NBC. Perhaps he is most well-known for a 20 year span in which he called games for ESPN with Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan. During this time he covered 13 World Series. At the end of the 1996 season, he was hired by the Giants as their top play-by-play broadcaster.
Through the years, Miller has earned a variety of recognitions. None could be more meaningful than when the National Baseball Hall of Fame honored him with the Ford C. Frick award in 2010. This distinction is presented annually to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball.”
For local sports fans, Miller is best remembered for calling Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run in 2007, and for his play-by-play during the Giants' run of three World Series championships in five years.
For 16 years, the Historical Association has hosted its San Mateo County History Makers Dinner, which highlights an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to our regional history and beyond. Previous honorees have been the T. Jack Foster Family, Gordon Moore, Ann Johnson, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, the Borel Family, the Lane Family, the Roth Family, the Crocker Family, Keith Sorenson together with Jim Fox, Willie Mays, William K. Bowes, Jr. together with Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper, and Pitch Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, Pete and Paula Uccelli, the Wisnom Family and last year’s recipient, Tad Taube for this Woodside resident’s record of distinctive international philanthropy.