Beloved SF Giants Broadcaster/Former Ballplayer Duane Kuiper Named Pumpkin Festival Parade Grand Marshal
An all-time fan favorite, and seven-time Emmy award-winning sportscaster for the San Francisco Giants, Duane Kuiper will serve as honorary Grand Marshal of the world-famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Parade, Saturday, October 14th at 12 noon.
"I think that San Francisco Giants fans are the most knowledgeable fans in baseball, and Duane Kuiper is a huge part of the reason," said Cameron Palmer, Chairman of the festival committee. 'Kuip', as Kuiper is known, along with teammate Mike 'Kruk' Krukow, have entertained, informed, and spoiled Giants fans for years with the best baseball broadcasting to be found anywhere.
Duane Kuiper started his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians in 1974, and earned a reputation as an excellent fielder, winning two Gold Gloves at 2nd base. He hit .274 for his 12-year career -- including one home run. He came to the San Francisco Giants in 1982, where he played for three seasons, forming a friendship with teammate Mike Krukow. Kuiper is in his 29th season as a broadcaster, and has won seven Emmy awards. His calls of Barry Bonds' historic 756th home run, Matt Cain's perfect game, and the Giants' World Series victories will be remembered and treasured by Giants fans forever.
The 47th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival runs October 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street between Mill and Spruce Streets in Half Moon Bay. Admission is free.
The festival is presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee as a community benefit. For information, call 650-726-9652.