Bill Grigsby was inducted into the 2004 Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame because of his versatile resume. What hasn’t he done? He wrote obituaries for the Joplin Globe, was a pro wrestling script writer and wrestling ring announcer, broadcasted baseball games for the Joplin Miners and Kansas City Athletics, and broadcasted Kansas University football and basketball games. Bill has been on the Kansas City Chiefs broadcast team ever since the team came to town, refereed high school basketball games, once called seven NAIA national tournament games in one day, ran his own brewery, worked in the banking business, the insurance business, and the fertilizer business. He was a U.S. Marshal at one time, sold radio advertising, worked with the nuns at St. Teresa’s and recruited nurses for St. Joseph’s Hospital.
He was born in Wellsville, Kansas, but his father moved the family to Joplin and took a job in the lead zinc mines. Bill attended Joplin Junior College. While attending school in Joplin, Bill worked as a copy boy for the Joplin Globe. After a stint in the Air Force during World War II, he returned to Joplin and was an obituary writer for the Globe while attending Joplin Junior College. Believing there was more money in broadcasting, he went to work for WMBH, a radio station owned by the Globe. Bill was the voice of the Joplin Miners until leaving Joplin for a broadcasting job in Kansas City. When the Athletics moved to Kansas City in 1955, he got a job airing the A’s games. He left the A’s five years later to join the Kansas City Chief’s broadcast team.
Bill is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. He has given much of his time to helping charitable events by lending his talents to the Joplin Globe’s “Kids Come First Charity” and the Hickey Huckle, which benefits the Missouri Southern Piano Competition. He participates and has graciously gives his time to as many as 30 benefits a year. He also makes commercials, speaks at corporate outings and has written a book.