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Dick Vitale

His unbridled enthusiasm for college basketball makes him the game’s biggest cheerleader. His undying devotion to the coaches and his craft makes him the game’s greatest ambassador. The unmistakable voice, the characteristic delivery, the personal dictionary of basketball terminology makes him Dick Vitale. He is one of college basketball's top analysts and his impact on the game’s popularity is undeniable. Vitale began his career as a high school coach, winning two state championships before landing a position as an assistant at Rutgers and then the head job at the University of Detroit. In 1978, he was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons but lasted less than two seasons with the club. Vitale then signed on with the upstart ESPN cable network as a college basketball broadcaster. A career and a legend were born. More than 1,000 broadcasts later, Vitale still approaches every game with knowledge, preparation, and excitement. He punctuates game action with phrases such as “Get a TO baby,” “super scintillating sensational,” “dipsy-doo dunkeroo,” and “Awesome baby, with a capital A!”

Enshrined 2008
Born June 09, 1939 Passaic, NJ
Contributor Stats
1989 NAMED "SPORTS PERSONALITY
OF THE YEAR" BY AMERICAN
SPORTSCASTERS ASSOCIATION
1998 RECEIVED CURT GOWDY
AWARD
2000 RECEIVED NABC CLIFF WELLS
APPREICATION AWARD
4 BOOKS WRITTEN
TIME OUT BABY!, CAMPUS CHAOS,
LIVING A DREAM, AND HOLDING COURT
1000+ BROADCASTS FOR ESPN
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
2011 UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT
NAMED THEIR BASKETBALL COURT
IN HIS HONOR