Ralph Lawler

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right|thumb|Lawler in 2011.Ralph Lawler (born April 21, 1938) is the television and radio voice of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers. Going back to the franchise's six-year stint in San Diego (1978-84), Lawler has broadcast virtually every Clippers game, whether it be radio and/or television. There were only 2 seasons when Lawler did not serve as the team's primary play-by-play broadcaster-1981-82 (Jerry Gross) and 1984-85 (Eddie Doucette)- before becoming the full-time voice once again in 1985-86. Although the team's performance has been among the worst NBA franchises, Lawler has continued to provide Clippers fans with his award-winning enthusiastic commentary, which has made him a fan favorite. He has broadcast more than 2,500 Clippers games, including more than 1,600 consecutive games. He reached the 2,500-game milestone in a game versus the Boston Celtics, on February 26, 2011.

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Lawler was born in Peoria, Illinois. His broadcasting career began in the 1960s, after graduating from Bradley University in his hometown, where he worked as an on-air personality on a Riverside, California radio station. From there, Lawler went on to work in Philadelphia, where he broadcast games of the NHL's Flyers, NBA's 76ers, and Major League Baseball's Phillies, as well as calling games for the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association and the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He also worked as a sports...
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