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Chick Hearn Selected to LAT Sports Figures List

Chick Hearn, the voice of the Los Angeles Lakers for nearly 40 years, was selected as the No. 7 greatest figure in Los Angeles sports history by online readers of the Los Angeles Times.

He’s the second media member to make the Top 20 — former LAT sports columnist Jim Murray was No. 19 on the list.

Hearn, who died in 2002, called 3,338 consecutive games for the Lakers from 1965 to 2001. The streak came to an end after  the Hall of Fame announcer underwent cardiac bypass surgery. Hearn was honored by the Lakers last year with a bronze statue outside Staples Center.

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Jim Murray Makes Greatest LA Sports Figures List

Jim Murray, arguably the best local columnist of all-time, was selected as the No. 19 greatest sports figure in Los Angeles, according to a Los Angeles Times countdown that kicked off this week.

The list started off as a Top 10 but the LAT decided to expand it to a Top 20 after receiving 1,712 ballots. Falling just short of the Top 20 was Los Angeles Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller, who was in the top five on several ballots.

The 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner worked for the LAT from 1961 to 1998 and was the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association a whopping 14 times.

University of Montana Mints Another Collegiate Sportswriter of the Year

For the third year in a row, a student at the University of Montana—Missoula has been named one of the country’s top collegiate sportswriters by the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation. The organization is run by Linda McCoy-Murray, widow of the Pulitzer Prize winning LA Times columnist.

This year’s U of M honoree is Daniel Mediate (pictured), and with such a last name, it was perhaps preordained that the undergrad would gravitate to journalism. He got the call last week notifying him of the honor and $5,000 prize.

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