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Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling to call Nets-Hawks on YES on Dec. 16

Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling poses for a

Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling poses for a photograph prior to a game between the Yankees and the Mets at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 4, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

John Sterling, the Yankees' iconic radio voice, will be returning to the booth on Dec. 16 when the Nets take on the Hawks. Sterling will be the play-by-play man on the YES Network telecast with a scheduled 3 p.m. tip.

This isn't Sterling's first go-round with basketball — it's more of a homecoming than a rookie debut. He was the Nets' play-by-play man from 1975-80 when they called Nassau Coliseum home. Sterling also called the Washington Bullets' games from 1980-81, then the Atlanta Hawks from 1981-89.

"I couldn't be more excited," Sterling said in a statement. "I loved basketball all my life. I broadcast so many years in the ABA and NBA. It's like coming home again. I'm thrilled." 

In addition to his basketball experience, Sterling also did play-by-play for the Atlanta Braves and Islanders before he began entertaining Yankees fans with his unique home run calls.

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