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R.I.P. Hot Rod Hundley

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BitterYoungMatador2, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Former announcer?
    Former NBA All-Star!
  3. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Before going to the Jazz, he was Al McCoy's color man in Phoenix. One time, McCoy said in his book, he mentioned a player's favorite shot and asked Hundley what his was. "Cutty and water," he replied, without batting an eye.

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  4. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    On scratchy airwaves that traveled up from New Orkeans to reach my bedroom in central Mississippi, Hot Rod used to gimme my radio fix of Jazz basketball with Pistol Pete leading the way and Leonard "Truck" Robinson, James McElroy, Ron Behagen, Aaron James of Grambling, Rich Kelley, a handful of colorful coaches, and so many more people familiar to me because of Rod's calls.
    One of Hundley's signature statements was "James Mac-L-Roy ... from the parking lot! ... good if it goes ... It's gone!!!"

    RIP Hot Rod.
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  5. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    First of all, Blitz, thanks for recalling those memories. I recognize all the names.

    Hot Rod was a damn good basketball play-by-play announcer. He painted tremendous word pictures on radio and continued to do that on simulcasts. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a former professional athlete turned radio p-by-p announcer in his own sport ever being as good as Hot Rod.

    RIP Mr. Hundley.
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Back in the late 1970s he was one of the main PbP guys for The NBA on CBS.
  7. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I thought I remembered a quote from Hot Rod 25 or 30 years ago. Someone asked him what his top memory from his playing days was and he said something to the effect of, "The night Elgin Baylor and I combined to score 75 points."

    (Baylor had 73.)
  8. Just the facts ma am

    Just the facts ma am Active Member

    I am old as I remember him fondly as Chick Hern's color man. RIP.
  9. I think they got it right. He's better known as an announcer.
    He was a very good college player and a pretty good NBA player. He was a longtime, star play-by-play guy. Won the Gowdy Award.
    Lot of great stories and quips attributed to Hot Rod. Great story teller and personality.
  10. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Well-Known Member

    He worked alongside Dick Enberg on the national telecast of one of the more memorable college games of my youth -- Notre Dame's comeback victory over UCLA in 1974 to end that long winning streak. Saw a clip of it on YouTube a few days ago.
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