Sportscaster Ralph Lawler Celebrates 40 Years of Basketball as He is Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Watch below complete ceremony as Hollywood Chamber honors Ralph Lawler with star on Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Clippers sportscaster Ralph Lawler with the 2,575th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, on March 3, 2016. The star in the category of Radio was dedicated next to 33 Taps Sports Bar. “Having Ralph Lawler, our own L.A.-based sportscaster on the Walk of Fame is a coupe for this famous sidewalk of stars,” stated Chamber President Leron Gubler. “Fans from this area and from around the country will enjoy posing next to his star at the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine.”
Along with friends and family, also attending the ceremony were former Los Angeles Clippers Sam Cassell, Gary Grant, Nom Nixon, Olden Polynice, Corey Maggette, Derek Martin, Cuttino Mobley, Lamond Murray and John Williams.
Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star were L.A. Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Ralph Lawler is in his 37th year as the “Voice of the Clippers” and his 40th year in professional basketball. Lawler is the third longest tenured team broadcaster in the league.
Lawler’s long tenure with the club saw him top 2,800 Clipper regular season and playoff broadcasts last season with his enthusiastic calls of “Bingo!,” “Fasten your Seat-belts” and “Oh Me Oh My” continuing to be favorites for Clippers fans throughout Southern California. Lawler’s active schedule has him handling play-by-play duties for all televised Clipper games on PRIME TICKET as well as on the Clipper’s flagship radio station KFWBAM 980 for all non-televised contests.
In addition to the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lawler’s long list of honors include three Emmys as a part of Prime Ticket’s Emmy award-winning coverage of Clippers basketball, and a coveted Telly Award for his TV work with the Clippers in 2014. Additionally, he is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Lawler’s NBA memories are many. He warmly recalls that he broadcast the NBA debuts of three of his all-time favorites: Julius Erving (with 76ers in Philadelphia), Magic Johnson (versus the Clippers in San Diego) and Blake Griffin (with the Clippers). Although the NBA has long been his great love, the versatile broadcaster is one of only a handful of announcers who have worked play-by-play in each of the four major U.S. Sports Leagues: NFL (Chargers), MLB (Phillies), NHL (Flyers) and NBA (76ers & Clippers).
His diverse accomplishments also includes broadcasting events as varied as A.B.A. and college basketball, golf, tennis, track & field, pro box lacrosse, auto racing, boxing and college football. Lawler is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and was inducted into his alma mater’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He’s another in a long line of sportscasters who honed their craft in Peoria including Chick Hearn, Tom Kelly, Bob Starr, Bill King and Jack Brickhouse, among others.
Lawler spends his off-season keeping tabs on all matters involving the NBA and communicates with Clipper fans regularly via social media. Lawler has made an appearance in the movie “Drive” and served one year as the play-by-play voice for Nintendo’s “NBA Courtside” video games.
Lawler has spent his career in Los Angeles contributing and making an impact in the Southern California community through many of the Clippers charitable organizations and community events. He recently appeared at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles with team members, and has been a fixture at numerous events and civic fundraisers over his long tenure to support the LA Clippers Foundation.
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