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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by RobertR, Aug 5, 2002.
He gave a lot to the game...
He will be greatly missed. Told the game how it was meant to be with his golden voice. At least he will not be suffering anymore. Truly a great loss.
RIP to a great announcer, he'll be missed as a fixture on the LA sideline. P.S. His last name doesn't have a "S" at the end.
Being a basketball fan, I had known the name of Chick Hearn, but never heard him call a game until 2 years ago. The past 2 years I had the NBA League Pass, and enjoyed hearing him call the games. A while back, someone posted a list of the many b-ball terms Chick coined. It was amazing. He will be missed.
horrible news.I can't even respond right now
Chick was one of my two favorite announcers, the other being Vin Scully. With them, it didn't matter how the Lakers or Dodgers were doing. It was simply a pleasure to hear their golden voices. Hell, it was once written that they could sell out an arena for the reading of the phone book. Chick (and Vin) transcended the sport. The specials on TV tonight all point to the fact that attendance went up 40% in the year following Chick's first year broadcasting for the Lakers. L.A. was not a basketball town at all in '61. Wooden hadn't done his thing yet, and the Lakers were just whipping boys to the Celtics. Chick's "Word's Eye View" got people excited and interested about the games, and they came out to see the excitement that this man conveyed with such passion and pinpoint accuracy over the airwaves. He is very much responsible for a large part of the Laker franchise's success in Los Angeles. Former GM Jerry West, current GM Mitch Kupchak and all the former and current Laker greats know and acknowledge this. He was not just a broadcaster. He was the voice, the heart, and the soul of the Lakers and their fans. I cannot count the number of times I watched a nationally televised Laker game and shut off the TV audio so I could get Chick on the simulcast. I can't begin to describe how hard this has been for me and my girlfriend, who have shared many moments with Chick listening to him tell us about a game and a team that we all loved. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
When I was a little kid, I got interested in sports listening Chick Hearn and Vin Scully on radio. That was the time of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor. They remain my favorite announcers. I would hear Chick say, in his inimitable way, "He faked him into the popcorn machine." To be honest, who could have imagined he would last into the 21st century and still be an amazing announcer and individual. I like in the Northern California area now and the radio guys up here mentioned earlier this year how, after all these years, he still spent more time than any of them preparing for a game and how he'd always spend time giving tips to the younger broadcasters. He really loved the game and the game will miss and remember him forever. Rest in peace Chick. Love ya
Sorry to hear about Chick's passing. He was a great announcer and lived a long and productive life. RIP. P.S. Don't forget: "The mustard's off the hot dog!"
I grew up in L.A. and my family spent many evenings with Chick and Vin calling games in the background as we went about our daily business. Their voices are the soundtrack of my childhood. It was always a big treat when the Lakers and Dodgers were actually on TV, but listening to Chick and Vin on the radio was what made me a fan.
This is terrible news. I lived in Southern California from 1981 to 1985 and became a Laker fan in '81, when I was 11 years old. Even at that age, I developed an appreciation for Hearn's personality and style. He brought so much to the game. What a huge loss. Thanks for everything, Chick. You will be missed.