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Member of the Blackhawks 2015 team makes emotional announcement

Published April 22, 2024 at 12:42
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When it comes to public address announcers, Gene Honda stands out with an impressive track record.

If you've been to a White Sox, Bulls, DePaul basketball, Illinois football, or Big Ten Tournament game, you've likely heard Honda's iconic voice.

Recently, fans tuning in to the NCAA National Championship game between Purdue and UConn witnessed Honda's final Final Four appearance.

March Madness has been a cornerstone of Honda's career, having announced every Final Four game since 2003. Monday's title game marked the end of an era for him.


In a recent interview with NCAA.com, Honda shared his reflections on his work at the tournament and highlighted some memorable years.

"You never forget your first," he said. "There's going to be two or probably three that stand out for me. My first, 2005 because my Illini got to the Final Four in St. Louis and whatever happens this weekend."


Honda's career has been filled with historic moments, and he's made history himself.

He holds the unique distinction of being the only person to have announced a World Series, Stanley Cup Final, NCAA Final Four, NCAA Frozen Four, and MLB All-Star Game.

He even announced the inaugural Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, when the White Sox hosted the Yankees.

Source: NBC Sports Chicago
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