Remembering Chick Hearn

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By Travis Duncan

“From high above the western sideline of the Los Angeles Forum, the world’s most beautiful sports theater,” Chick Hearn called Laker basketball games for 43 years beginning in 1965.

Hearn passed away 13 years ago on Aug. 5. 2002.

Known as the inventor of such phrases as “slam dunk” and “air ball”, Hearn was the last of a generation of broadcasters who were part entertainers, part comedians, part wordsmiths.

Sports Illustrated has posted a 1983 profile of the Hall of Fame Broadcaster on its website, which you can view at

Additionally check out the YouTube compilation “The Best of Chick Hearn”.