Welcome to Raydog's Tribute site
to the Greatest Basketball Announcer of All Time!!
Prayers go out to Marge and all the loved ones left behind on 8/05/2002
In Loving Memory of...
Chick Hearn 1916~2002
"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.
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
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.
is a selection of get-well messages Chick received from fans all over
NEW ORLEANS, LA., April 7, 2003:
BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ELECTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS, INCLUDING CHICKY BABY!!
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 —
of this Domain Name is not associated with the Hearn's or the Lakers Organization
simply a huge Chick Hearn and LA Lakers fan
- Ray Folland <lakersphan4life>