Longtime broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants, Hank Greenwald has died at 83 years old. The news of his passing surfaced on social media. The San Francisco Giants confirmed the news with a brief statement on social media.
“It is with deep sadness we announce that former #SFGiants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications,” a tweet read.
Here is all we know.
It is with deep sadness we announce that former #SFGiants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications.#ForeverGiant pic.twitter.com/dwG9uVWag3
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) October 23, 2018
Hank Greenwald was taken to California Pacific Medical Center on Saturday for emergency purposes and was reported dead on Monday, Oct. 21, 2018, due to heart and kidney complications.
The Giants released a statement on Greenwald’s passing to Chron.
“Hank was a broadcasting legend throughout the Bay Area and was a huge part of the Giants throughout his 16 seasons as our play-by-play announcer. He was the key link to our fans listening at home and brought our game to life through the radio,” said Giants president and CEO Larry Baer in a statement.
“Hank and his family continued to stay connected with the Giants following his retirement and he often could be found talking baseball or taking in a game on the broadcast level of AT&T Park. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Carla, Kellie, and Doug.”
Hank Greenwald left behind his wife Carla, and their children Doug, 44, and Kellie, 40.
Who is Hank Greenwald?
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 23, 2018
“Hank” Greenwald was originally called Howard Greenwald but changed his name to Hank in remembrance of Detroit Tiger’s Hall of Fame Hank Greenwald. Born on June 26, 1935, he grew up listening to baseball on the radio and he made it his goal to be a broadcaster one day. After getting his education at Syracuse University, he started his career in the 60’s as a broadcaster by broadcasting Hawaii Islanders baseball in the Pacific Coast League and the Syracuse Nationals.
His career then snowballed and he began calling games for the Giants in 1979, where he soon ended it in 1986 due to a disagreement with station management. He later returned to the Giants and stayed there till his retirement in 1996. At the time of his retirement, Greenwald has broadcast over 2,798 games and had written a book named This Copyrighted Broadcast. However, his career didn’t just end there, he was then hired by CBS Radio and the Oakland Athletics to do stints here and there.
Besides accomplishing a successful career over the year, he was also married to his wife Carla and had two kids, Doug, and Kellie Greenwald.