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There's No Announcer Quite Like Chick Hearn

March 26, 1988

I delighted in the delightfully outrageous irreverence of a recent letter on Chick Hearn by a certain Mr. Sperling (March 19). A quality, I may hasten to add, I also admire in Mr. Hearn.

On the other hand, though he may be guilty of redundancy, over-exaggeration, even wrongheadedness, name another basketball announcer who even approaches Chick in his ability to give a "word's-eye-view" of the game? Now Chick might not have invented basketball along with Dr. Naismith, but he has invented a language to talk about basketball.

Chick Hearn, the announcer's announcer.

CONSTANTINE PAPPAS

Los Angeles

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