He was a Kansas City star…
Broadcaster Bill Grigsby will be missed by, well everyone. Starting with me. I knew Bill when I was a kid, even before he hosted the Otis Taylor HALL OF FAME push at Stanfords in Westport with Len Dawson in 2003. Yes, I saw Billy boy at radio stations doing commercials until about a year ago when he just couldn’t do it anymore. What a guy’s guy, what a fun, funny man.
Who didn’t love Bill Grigsby?
We all have stories about this colorful man, many of which probably shouldn’t be told at this point.
But just to get right to the point, Grigs was a LADIES MAN to no end.
Women loved him and boy he loved them. Nobody, and I mean nobody, well maybe Buck O’Neil, on the senior circuit could get away with the naughty lines and the often foul content of the jokes’ Billy dished out.
Hey, the guy loved to have a cocktail or 10. Kinda like he was Kansas City’s Dean Martin character. You heard him on the air with HIS BELOVED LEONARD (Dawson). God, he loved Lenny. And make no mistake Grigsby was a late night hit wherever he went. Billy must have hosted several thousand shows.
What’s more, Bill Grigsby did every Chiefs pep rally I ever promoted.
At least 10 with all the playoffs. And he never asked for a dime. He loved it! He came to Stanford’s often for charity events or just to be in the midst of the fun. And no, I’m not talking about the late night dance club.
I think Grigsby was Len Dawson’s only true love outside the game, at least Len acted that way.
Both men used to eat dinner with my father, Stan in the late 60’s and 70’s. Lenny hung out a lot until his most recent marriage. And every time I ran into Bill Grigsby he had a smile and was upbeat. Even when the Chiefs stunk.
Nobody – and I mean nobody – loved this town like Bill Grigsby.
We should all try and live our lives in some ways as he did. I used to do the Mike Murphy Show with Bill, Len and Mike. I was the youngster and they loved to talk about the old KC of the 50’s, when Kansas City actually mattered. The Playboy Club, a real Downtown, the old Jasper’s on Wornall Road, Gaetano‘s, Jess and Jim’s steakhouse, the then BRAND NEW HOT SPOT, PLAZA III on the PLAZA and THE NIGHTCLUB HOT NIGHT SPOT ON THE PLAZA, THE END ZONE.
Those were their halcyon days – ladies, cocktails and Super Bowls. No more.
I just can’t say enough fun things about this man. He was, well, one of a kind.
God love you Billy Boy, you were the best of us.