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2011 Gowdy Award Winner Jim Durham Passes Away at 65

“It was an incredible honor to have awarded Jim Durham with the Curt Gowdy Award in 2011," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Basketball Hall of Fame will always honor his legacy for his contribution over the years to the game of basketball.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Durham, a Chicago native had been calling NBA games on ESPN radio since 1996. He was a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls from 1973-1991. Durham also called games for the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago White Sox games and was the TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1983-85. He was a three-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year (1979, 1989 and 1990) and also won two Chicago Emmy awards.

Here is a video of Jim Durham's Gowdy Award acceptance speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGroRDhGsNk