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Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Man Behind the Mike-Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn died yesterday. He had a three-and-a-half decade stretch of calling every Lakers game until health problems caught up with him this last year; he's credited with coining "slam-dunk" and "air-ball." Never having been in LA, I don't have a personal attachment to Hearn, but the love of the game that people attribute to him comes through. When you are the voice of the team, you become part of people's lives. Cardinal fans recently lost a family member in Jack Buck. Next month will be the end of an era up in Michigan when Ernie Harwell hangs up his Tiger mike. Laker fans, I feel your pain.

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