Dick Vitale

Basketball Coach and Announcer
Born Jun 9, 1939

Richard J. "Dick" Vitale, also known as "Dickie V", is an American basketball sportscaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known as a college basketball broadcaster. He is known for catchphrases such as "baby" and "diaper dandy", as well as enthusiastic and colorful remarks he makes during games, and has authored nine books and appeared in several movies.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born on June 9, 1939.


1959 20 Years Old Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1959. … Read More


1971 32 Years Old In 1971, Vitale moved to Rutgers University as an assistant coach under head coach Dick Lloyd.
1973 34 Years Old After two seasons there, he was hired in 1973 by the University of Detroit to become its head coach.
Vitale took Detroit to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977.
1978 39 Years Old Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons of the NBA for the 1978–79 season, leading them to a 30–52 (.366) record.


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On November 8, 1979, Pistons owner Bill Davidson came to Vitale's house and told him that the Pistons were making a coaching change. … Read More
1983 44 Years Old Vitale did not understand this until many people wanted his autograph at the 1983 Final Four. … Read More
1985 46 Years Old In 1985, after the American Broadcasting Company acquired ESPN, Vitale also began doing broadcasts on the ABC network.


1999 60 Years Old In 1999, Vitale was featured in a series of thirty-second promo shorts for "Hoops Malone". … Read More
2002 63 Years Old In December 2002, Vitale called a St. Vincent – St. Mary's–Oak Hill Academy prep game, featuring then high school phenom LeBron James. … Read More
2003 64 Years Old However, this is slightly misleading as Elmore continues to call games for both CBS and ESPN during the college basketball season; in Bilas' case he was loaned to CBS for the tournament only in 2003 and from 2005-2010.
2008 69 Years Old On September 5, 2008 Vitale was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the sport, after falling just short of induction the previous year.
2011 72 Years Old In 2011 the University of Detroit named their basketball court in his honor.
2012 73 Years Old On August 18, 2012, he was inducted into the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence. … Read More
2015 76 Years Old In February 2015, ESPN removed Vitale from covering Duke-UNC basketball. … Read More
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