||[Washington, D.C.] – President Bush signed into law H.R. 5340, introduced by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), which names the post office at 5805 White Oak Avenue in Encino the "Francis Dayle ‘Chick’ Hearn Post Office" in honor of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer.
"Chick Hearn was one of the most beloved individuals in the Los Angeles area. He meant so much to millions of Lakers fans and has made an everlasting contribution to sports broadcasting," Sherman said.
The bill grew out of discussions Sherman had with Chick Hearn’s wife, Marge, shortly after Chick’s death in August. Chick Hearn was a long-time resident of the San Fernando Valley, living in Encino with Marge for over 20 years.
Hearn called 3,362 Lakers games, including 3,338 consecutive games between November 1965 and December 2001. He won two Emmy awards, three Golden Mike awards, two National Sportscaster of the Year awards, seven California Sportscaster of the Year awards, and was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s "Walk of Fame." He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
"The influence Hearn had on basketball and how it is broadcast will continue to be felt, not only because of his longevity as an announcer but also for his contributions to the sport’s vernacular," Sherman said. "Everyone is familiar with terms like slam dunk, air ball, finger roll, and give and go; however, few know that Chick Hearn invented or made famous these popular phrases."
The post office will be named, and a brass plaque unveiled, at a ceremony next month. The ceremony will be attended by Marge Hearn and the Hearn family, and many current and former Lakers players and coaches.