In conjunction with Wellstone Books, the Oakland Athletics Athletics will continue to celebrate the official release of Ken Korach's new book, Holy Toledo - Lessons from Bill King: Renaissance Man of the Mic, by staging a book-signing session at O.co Coliseum prior to the final game of the regular season when the A's host the Twins on Sunday, September 22.
Korach, voice of the Oakland A's since 2006 and King's broadcast partner from 1996 through 2005, will be available in the Bar & Grille (located behind Sections 212 to 216) from noon-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, to sign purchased copies. The book is also on sale on Amazon.com and at select Bay Area book store locations. The paperback price is $18.99, while the digital price is $9.99. The book will also be available during the September 20-22 games at the Oakland A's team stores at C Gate and D Gate.
In addition, "Holy Toledo" t-shirts will be on sale during the book signing and up until first pitch in the Bar & Grille. The shirts will also be sold in the C Gate and D Gate team stores during the September 16-22 homestand.
King, an unmatched figure in Bay Area sports and media history, was the long-time voice of the As, Warriors, and Raiders. His remarkable story was told by Korach, who drew on a lifetime of listening to and learning from King, as well as doing extensive research which included more than 50 interviews with Kings family members, colleagues, friends and associates, to create a rich portrait of the man whose passion, precision and style were legendary. Many of those interviewed considered King - who passed away Oct. 18, 2005 - to be the greatest radio sports broadcaster ever heard.
Holy Toledo features a moving foreword by Hall of Fame broadcaster Jon Miller and a brilliant cover by Mark Ulriksen, internationally recognized for his New Yorker magazine illustrations, that captures the flair and personality that made King an utter original. Korachs work brings to life the great calls that will never be forgotten - Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Mothers Day, Rickey Hendersons record-breaking 939th stolen bases, the streak-extending Scott Hatteberg home run immortalized in the film Moneyball, and more.
The book also tells the story of Bill King, the student of Russian literature, the passionate sailor, the voracious and quirky epicurean and the remarkable painter (with a beautiful back-cover reproduction of one of Kings Impressionist-inspired works).
Holy Toledo takes readers to Kings early days as a minor-league broadcaster, encountering the likes of Casey Stengel, Stan Musial and Bill Dickey, and to the jazz, food, wine and conversation-filled late nights in San Francisco and Sausalito with such Warriors luminaries as broadcasting partner Hank Greenwald, team owner Franklin Mieuli and All-Star forward Tom Meschery - and maybe an occasional visit from Wilt Chamberlain, pulling up in his lavender Bentley. The book also tells the stories behind Kings great days with the As, Warriors, and Raiders, like when Al Davis first spotted the bronzed, shirtless and shoeless King on the sideline at training camp and asked: Who is this scrawny little guy and what can he possibly know about football?
Korachs beautifully-written account presents a persuasive case for King, with expert analysis and input, on the eve of the selection process for the annual Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame. King has been a finalist for the Halls top broadcasting award on several occasions.
Following his death at age 78, the As permanently named their Coliseum broadcast facilities the Bill King Broadcast Booth after the teams revered former voice - a voice like no other.Read more about Bill King »