VIDEO: Dick Vitale, 34 years ago Thursday, on his first broadcast
The legendary ESPN college hoops analyst has been behind the mic for 34 years. See what he looked like the day he started.
A quick hop in the time machine here, a moment of appreciation for the man who has become college basketball's most enthusiastic ambassador. It was 34 years ago Thursday when Dick Vitale first appeared on ESPN as a college hoops analyst. The network recognized the anniversary by sending along the two-minute video clip above, which shows Vitale offering up some commentary on the game of the week back in December 1979: Wisconsin vs. DePaul!
Vitale -- who is a hoot and every bit the character you'd expect him to be on Twitter -- remains a polarizing figure because of his antics and excitement he relentlessly brings to every broadcast. But he's also become just as known for his charity work, spearheading the Jimmy V Foundation and its goal, to eliminate cancer.
Vitale is now 74. Here he is on Tuesday night, at Duke.
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