Marge Hearn touches the bronze statue of the late Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn before Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center

On May 9, 1991, Hearn became the third broadcaster to win the Gowdy Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He later became the first broadcaster elected to the Hall in 2003. In 1995, he was voted to be the 20th member of the American Sportscaster Hall of Fame by his fellow sportscasters.

In honor of his contributions to the Los Angeles Lakers, both the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles renamed a portion of West 11th Street between Figueroa Street and Georgia Street to Chick Hearn Court. This street currently runs alongside Staples Center's main entrance. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority further honored the broadcaster by changing the name of the nearby Blue Line station to Pico-Chick Hearn.

Hearn also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hearn's star is located at 6755 Hollywood Blvd.

On April 27, 2010, Chick Hearn was honored with a bronze statue at Star Plaza outside Staples Center. A chair next to Hearn's statue behind the desk with the Lakers' logo is a part of the statue so his fans can sit down to have their pictures taken.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • 3,338 consecutive games broadcast for the Los Angeles Lakers (November 21, 1965 – December 16,2001)
  • 1992 Curt Gowdy Media Award
  • American Sportscasters Hall of Fame (1995).
  • Three-Time National Sportscaster of the Year (1959, 1965, 1987).
  • Three-Time Golden Mike Award Winner
  • Lifetime Achievement Victor Award
  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 50th Anniversary Award
  • 1965 Emmy Award for Excellence in Basketball Coverage
  • Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • L.A. Athletic Club Hall of Fame
  • Seven-Time California Sportscaster of the Year
  • Winner of the first ever Cable Ace Award
  • Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986)
  • Broadcast Triple-Cast for the gold medal winning 1992 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team (Original “Dream Team”)
  • Recipient of the 1994 Retinitis Pigmentosa Vision Award; presented annually to those individuals whose creative developments in certain industry (in this case television) have benefited mankind

 

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