Tragedy has struck the Golden State Warriors family.
According to Marc Spears of ESPN.com, the wife of longtime Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald passed away on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
Carol is survived by her husband and their three children.
Marc Spears ‘ Condolences to Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald on passing of his wife, Carol, to cancer. Read below for donation request in her memory.’
When Bob Fitzgerald was 9 years old, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. His family had just moved from Chicago to San Francisco.
“The Golden State Warriors were playing the Chicago Bulls in the Western Conference finals in 1975,” said Fitzgerald, a Serra High of San Mateo alum of 1984. “Bill King was calling the game. When I heard him, I knew I wanted to be a sports announcer some day.”
King, who announced Warriors games from 1962 to 1983, was a fiery, gifted orator with a vast vocabulary. King called Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders games from 1966 to 1992 and worked for the Oakland A’s from 1981 to 1996. He died in October of 2005.
“I liked Bill King’s passion,” Fitzgerald said. “He knew the game, but he didn’t just go through the motions. He lived and died with the outcome. He was exciting, brilliant.”
Fitzgerald has called Warriors games on television the past 21 years, living his King-sized childhood dream of being a sports announcer. He has no shortage of work. Fitzgerald is the “Fitz” on KNBR Radio’s “Fitz and Brooks,” a popular afternoon sports talk show. When he is traveling with the Warriors, Fitzgerald does his show by remote.
Condolences to Warriors broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald on passing of his wife, Carol, to cancer. Read below for donation request in her memory.