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Ralph Kiner
Thompson makes the call on 'once in a lifetime experience'

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Performance, longevity and a voice smoother than the consistency of maple syrup, dripping with the rich resonance that has always been his, has brought Chuck Thompson to a cherished and satisfying career achievement -- enshrinement in the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 7 1/2 minutes of acknowledgment, Thompson tried the impossible. It was an effort to compact and convey the pleasurable sentiments of how it felt to be the play-by-play announcer of the Baltimore Orioles, both in their waning minor-league era and then during their celebrated ascendancy to major-league status. It's a relationship that has endured for 44 years and counting....