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Bill Grigsby

Bill Grigsby
Born February 13, 1922
Wellsville, Kansas
Died February 26, 2011(2011-02-26) (aged 89)
Parkville, Missouri
Education University of Kansas
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Frances (Married 62 years)
Children Three sons, two daughters.

William W. "Bill" Grigsby (February 13, 1922 – February 26, 2011)[1] was an American sportscaster and member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Grigsby was best known for his work with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Personal life

Bill Grigsby was born in Wellsville, Kansas in 1922, the youngest of three sons of Harry Ludwell Grigsby and Elanore Amelia Grigsby. His father was a geologist, frequently unemployed during the Great Depression so the family moved to Lawrence, Kansas when Bill was in third grade.[2] After graduating from the University of Kansas, Grigsby served three years in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II as a cryptographer.[3] He married wife Frances in 1949 and they would have five children: three sons and two daughters.

Professional career

Following his discharge from the USAAF Grigsby took a job with the Joplin Globe newspaper in Joplin, Missouri, advancing from copy boy to sports reporter.[4] It was while in Joplin he began his first foray into broadcasting, serving as play-by-play voice of the Joplin Miners minor-league baseball team. In 1957 Grigsby returned to his alma mater to broadcast Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball games. While at KU, Grigsby broadcast the first nationally-televised NCAA Final Four game as Kansas lost to North Carolina in triple overtime.[5] Bill Grigsby began his long association with the Kansas City sports scene in 1959 when he was hired as part of the Kansas City Athletics broadcasting team. The Kansas City Chiefs hired Grigsby in 1963 and he would remain a fixture of game broadcasts until his retirement in 2009. His trademark, no matter the weather, "Its a bea-youuu-tiful day for Chiefs football" endeared him to generations of Chiefs fans. Other work included broadcast and management duties with the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL, local commercial voiceovers, and even a brief stint as a wrestling promoter.[6] Grigsby published the first of two books, Grigs! A beauuutiful Life in 2004, followed by Don't Spit in the Wastebasket, a collection of sports memories, in 2005.

Failing health

Grigsby suffered a heart attack in October 2003 which caused him to miss several broadcasts.[7] It was also during that decade he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. When the Chiefs honored Grigsby with a special ceremony in September 2010, Grigsby was seen in a wheelchair. Bill Grigsby died of prostate cancer on February 26, 2011 at the age of 89.

Honors

References

External links

  • The Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network on 101 The FOX KCFX
  • Bill Grigsby's book Grigs! A Beauuutiful Life
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