Welcome to Raydog's Tribute site to the Greatest Basketball Announcer of All Time!
''CHICK HEARN''

8/05/2002
A day that will live in infamy for all basketball fans, 
especially  fans of "Golden Throat" CHICK HEARN

Our Prayers go out to Marge and all the loved ones left behind on 8/05/2002
The game truly is...in the refrigerator.

In Loving Memory of...
Chick Hearn 1916~2002

FRANCIS "CHICK" HEARN, a native of Aurora, Illinois, established a standard of broadcasting that earned the legendary announcer 
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986. Known for creating play-by-play buzzwords such as "on him like a postage stamp", 
"the mustard's off the hot dog" and "can't throw a pea in the ocean", Hearn broadcast 3,338 consecutive games for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Hearn's streak began on November 21, 1965 and extended to December 16, 2001. A member of the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame 
and a two-time national Sportscaster of the Year, Hearn earned the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award in 1992. 
Hearn died on August 5, 2002 in Northridge, CA. He was 85.


Did you know Chicky Invented the Terms Slam Dunk and Air Ball
The man truly helped sculpt the game of Basketball that we know today.

Send Your Prayers to the Hearn's!get this gear!

 The voice of the Lakers, or Chick Hearn, is in my opinion the greatest announcer of all time. Of course that opinion may be a little biased me being a Lakers fan and all, but this man is great. He has not missed a game in the last 40 years and recently surpassed 3,000 games announced without a miss. Many people have commented on Chick's great announcing, such as Walt Frazier says in his book about Chick: "Hearn's fellow announcer has to know only four words; 'Right you are Chick'. Certainly Stu Lantz, his partner in announcing for the past 12 years, is a great complement to Chick and also has great insight. But Chick has had people listening to him for years on the radio while he provided a 'words eye view'. That's how well he keeps up with the action and has great stories to tell while doing so. Even if listening on radio he'll give you a good idea of whets happening. He also has many 'Chickism's' he says such as 'He put him in the popcorn machine',' Slaaammmm Dunk', 'The mustard's off the Hot Dog', and when a game's decided 'This one's in the refrigerator, the door's closed, the light's are out, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O is jigglin'!' He knows lots about all the players in the league, especially the Lakers players. He doesn't use favortism much and travels with the team so he knows lots of the players, coaching staff, and front office personally. He uses that knowledge to provide insight on them sometimes during broadcasts. All I can say is he is a Great announcer and hope he remains with the Lakers for years to come. Here is what Fox Sports had to say about him:

Hall of Famer Chick Hearn enters his 40th season providing colorful play-by-play of Lakers action. The only play-by-play announcer the team has ever had, Hearn has announced Lakers games on FOX Sports Net West since 1985, and has teamed with color analyst Stu Lantz for the past 12 seasons. In 1988, Chick earned a Cable ACE Award for "Best Sports Play-by-Play." He is also the recipient of a Golden Mike Award, a star on Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame," six California Sportscaster of the Year awards, and three Southern California Sports Broadcasters Associations awards for "Best Television Play-By-Play". Hearn's greatest honor came in 1991 when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hearn came to Los Angeles in 1956 to announce USC football and basketball games. During the 1960's, Hearn broadcast a nightly national sportscast on CBS radio which earned him two Emmy Awards. He began as play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1961 NBA playoffs, the Lakers first season in Los Angeles, and he has been at the mike for every subsequent season. In that span, Hearn has missed only two games, the last on November 20, 1965. He recently broadcast his 3,000th consecutive game this past season on January 19 in a Lakers victory against Orlando.

Although best known for his work with the Lakers, Chick has covered virtually every kind of sporting event, including championship boxing on FOX Sports West's "Fight Night at the Forum," NCAA football, the Rose Bowl, and even "Bowling for Dollars."

Born Francis Dayle Hearn in Aurora, Illinois, Chick attended Bradley University. He was given the nickname "Chick" when, as an AAU basketball player, he was handed a box of sneakers only to be suprised and find a chicken inside.

MILESTONE GAMES DURING CHICK'S STREAK
GAME MATCH-UP DATE
3,000 Lakers vs. Orlando Jan. 19, 1998
2,500 Lakers @ Cleveland March 13, 1992
2,000 Lakers @ Utah Feb. 28, 1987
1,500 Lakers vs. Seattle Feb. 16,1982
1,000 Lakers vs. New York April 8, 1977
500 Lakers vs. Cincinnati Jan. 14, 1971
1 Lakers vs. Philadelphia Nov. 21, 1965

Here are a few get well letters from www.lakers.com you may see/sign our Guestbook above!!

Catherine Steenkeste
NBAE/Getty Images

 

Letters from Well Wishers...

Lakers play-by-play man and Los Angeles icon, Chick Hearn underwent open heart surgery on Dec. 19 to replace a blocked aortic valve. Chick hadn't missed a game in more than 36 years -- a span of 3,338 games -- and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. If all goes well, he should be able to return in about six weeks. 

Here is a selection of get-well messages Chick received from fans all over the world:


Chick, I know this is just a temporary setback for a young guy like yourself. You'll be back soon, as you are the Lakers. I have listened to you since the Lakers came to L.A. and your voice gave me the visualization of the game, and kept me a loyal fan for all these years. You are the best without comparasion and I eagerly await the next player put into the "popcorn machine". Best wishes from a fan of yours and the Lakers.
Jim
Redding, Calif.


Get well very soon! Though I haven't been to the Forum and Staples Center, I feel the feelings of millions of Lakers fans who have been missing that one-of-a-kind announcer's voice that one would immediately recognize. You are in our prayers. Godspeed!
Mark
Pasay, Philippines


Slaaaaaam Dunk. That's how EASY it will be to return to what you love doing: announcing greatness from a GREAT PERSON. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dan
Medina, Ohio


Mr. Hearn, you bring more than just the play-by-plays. You are a part of our homes and hearts as Laker fans each and every game. Please recover completely and quickly. It's just not the same experience without you.
Ryan
Huntington Beach, Calif.


Chick -- Cuidate amigo. All of Spain wishes you to get well soon and to get the jello to start jigglin' again. You are a true professional with a class of your own.
Mario
Madrid, Spain


Chick, I missed you on the air, and I feel if you was there we would not have lost that game to the Grizzlies. I love you all the way from the Bahamas.
Denise
Nassau, Bahamas


You are missed! My thoughts are with you, and the games are not the same without you. You ARE the LAKERS. It just isn't the same without you and Stu to listen to ... YOU ARE THE BEST... take care and get better soon so we can hear you voice and see your smile again soon. We are lucky to have you ... no other team has anyone that comes close to you. Thank you for all you do.
Valerie
Los Angeles


Mele Kalikimaka from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii! Get well soon. Our warmest aloha to you & your family from ours.
Linda
Pupukea, Hawaii


Hey, Mr. Hearn, hope you get well soon so we can enjoy your voice again over the whole world! Much love from Holland!
Younes
Delfzijl, Netherlands


Chick, the streak is broken but the legend remains. I grew up listening to you over the years and have taken your talent for granted. No more. Get well and get back behind the mic where you belong. Above all, get well.

Rich
Denver


Dear Chick, I have had the privelige to enjoy a few of your broadcasts via satellite over the past 15 years. You are by far the most entertaining and knowlegable sportscaster I have ever encountered. Thank you so much. I wish you a very speedy recovery from your recent surgery. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ray
Front Royal, Va.


The games are just not the same without your voice. I, like all your other fans, miss you and wish you a speedy and full recovery. If you are ever hesitant about coming back, just remember that your thousands of fans await your return.
Soussan
San Diego

NEW ORLEANS, LA., April 7, 2003:

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS, INCLUDING CHICKY BABY!!

One of the most diverse classes in Hall of Fame history features 
North American electees Robert Parish, James Worthy, Meadowlark Lemon and Chick Hearn; 
Women's electee Leon Barmore; Veteran's electee Earl Lloyd; and, International electee Dino Meneghin

 


 


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simply a huge Chick Hearn and LA Lakers fan

- Ray Folland <lakersphan4life>

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