“The first and only “voice” of the Lakers for more than 40 years, Francis “Chick” Hearn taught the game of NBA basketball to Los Angeles while providing his “word’s eye view” for an unprecedented streak of 3,333 games. His style and innovation will influence every basketball announcer and broadcast forever.”
-from the Staples Center plaque in his memory
In honor of Chick’s 90th birthday, Marge Hearn presented two scholarships at last night’s game:
“Fran would love something like this,” said Marge, who refers to Chick by his given name, Frances. “He always wanted to help young people learn.” …Marge told a cheering crowd, “[Chick] would have been 90 [Monday], and I will follow in six months. But don’t worry, I’ll be here for the next championship.”
Joel Meyers wanted to put the game “in the fridge” last night, but dripping with deference to the Laker legend, he could only muster that the Lakers could, “put this one away.”
We know Chick is still where he always was, “high above the western sideline” calling this one like all the rest.
Happy Birtday to the greatest ever.