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Birth Name: Dick Vitale
Born: 06/09/1939
Birth Place: Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Richard J. "Dick" Vitale was born on June 9, 1939 in Passaic, NJ, the son of a security guard and a seamstress. In Kindergarten, a young Vitale lost the vision in his left eye after an accident with a pencil. In 1959, Vitale began his first coaching job - in football as well as basketball - while teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School in Garfield, NJ. He eventually became the head coach at Garfield High School for one season, which was followed by a successful stint at his alma mater East Rutherford High School. At East Rutherford, Vitale won two consecutive state championships during his seven-year tenure.

Vitale graduated from Seton Hall University in 1963 with a bachelor's deg... Continue Bio >>


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