Football History for San Francisco

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The Super Bowl is almost here. The game will be played in four days, and 40 miles south of San Francisco in Santa Clara. The 49ers played 25 seasons at Kezar Stadium before moving into Candlestick Park in 1971.

Here is a tribute to that simpler time:

The 1966 49er roster included tight end Monty Stickles. He wore number 85 and was known for what some sports writers would call, ”ferocious and uncompromising play.”

After retiring from football in 1968, he began his broadcasting career with the University of San Francisco basketball games for KEST radio. He moved on to KGO radio. And he was a KGO-TV weekend sportscaster. In the 1970s for KGO radio, he pioneered the first Bay Area call-in radio sports show called, “Monty Stickles Sports Talk.” He was also the Oakland Raiders “color commentator” for the 1976 and 1981 Super Bowl games.

The Bay Area Radio Museum has archived some audio clips. Here is a link to a page for a clip from 1978. If you click on the audio link on this page, at about one minute and 17 seconds, you can hear Stickles voice.

Stickles died on September 3, 2006 at the age of 68. In addition to playing for eight years as a 49er, he collected art, was a gourmet chef and loved jazz. The first line of his San Francisco Chronicle obituary read, Linebackers always knew when Monty Stickles was coming. Bartenders, too.”

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