Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 1/19/1998

Legendary Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn, credited with inventing the phrases 'slam dunk', 'charity stripe', 'triple-double' and 'air ball', broadcasts his 3,000th consecutive game. The streak began in 1965 and will eventually reach 3,338 consecutive Lakers games before ending midway through the 2001-02 season when Hearn undergoes cardiac bypass surgery. Hearn also appeared as an announcer in several movies and was the voice on the castaways' radio in the TV series Gilligan's Island.

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