Sharman, Zamperini added to SCSB annual to-do

This just sorta in from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters group:


Bill Sharman, basketball All America at USC who coached the Lakers team to its first NBA championship in 1972, and Louis Zamperini, a USC track legend, 1936 Olympic runner and the subject of the current New York Times best-seller listed book, Unbroken, will be honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters for Outstanding Career Achievement at the group’s 20th annual awards ceremonies on Monday, January 25 in Toluca Lake.

Sharman, a native of Southern California, is one of only three to be in the basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach (John Wooden and Lenny Wilkins are the others). He played with the Boston Celtics for 10 years, winning four NBA championships. He coached the 1971-72 Lakers to an NBA record 33 consecutive wins.

Zamperini, a native of Torrance where his track exploits earned him the nickname “The Torrance Tornado,” set a national collegiate record in the mile at USC that lasted for 15 years. He also ran the 5,000 meters at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. In the Air Force, Zamperini’s B-24 crashed in the Pacific and the saga of his 47 days adrift in a rubber raft, being captured by Japanese navy and spending two years as a POW is the subject of the current book by Laura Hillenbrand.

Also included in the SCSB Awards are the announcement of the 2010 winners in nine radio and TV sportscasting categories, as voted by the SCSB membership, Al Michaels receiving the Stu Nahan President’s Award and Rich Marotta inducted into the SCSB Hall of Fame.

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