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Sonny Vaccaro

One of the keenest scouts of basketball talent, and the man who revolutionized sports marketing. For nearly four decades, Sonny Vaccaro has been one of the keenest scouts of basketball talent, bringing players and marketers together. A force in...

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Bobby Valentine

A multi-talented athlete that became an immensely popular and successful manager and baseball personality. Bobby Valentine was born on May 13, 1950 in Stamford, CT, and excelled in athletics at an early age. He was a three-sport star in High...

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Jim Valvano

On April 28, 1993, Jim Valvano died at the age of 47 after a yearlong battle with cancer. In his short but brilliant life, he managed to win an NCAA Championship, inspire and motivate every player he coached, and raise awareness and research...

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Andy Varipapa

A trick shot master capable of serious strikes. Bowler Andy Varipapa was born March 31, 1891 in Carfizzi, Italy. Renowned for his trick shots, Varipapa was also a skilled and accomplished bowler. Varipapa’s antics were featured in the first...

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Ken Venturi

A winner of 14 PGA titles, he knew at the age of 13 that competitive golf would be his life’s passion. Born in San Francisco, California on May 15, 1931, Ken Venturi knew at the age of 13 that competitive golf would be his life’s passion. Venturi...

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Dick Vermeil

One of the most recognizable and successful coaches in football history, Dick Vermeil, boasts the rare distinction of being the Coach of the Year on four levels: high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and the NFL. Vermeil broke into the NFL...

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Phil Villapiano

One of the greatest defensive linebackers of all time, thanks to his hard-hitting approach and committed attitude. “When you play for the Raiders, you play to win and you play tough. It’s not something the coaches teach or talk about. It’s just...

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Frank Viola

Frank Viola became the first Italian American pitcher to win the coveted Cy Young Award in 1988. Known for his nearly unhittable changeup, Viola went 24-7 that year with an ERA of 2.64. In 1987 he led the Minnesota Twins to their first-ever...

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Dick Vitale

A former player and coach who became a household name after becoming basketball’s most colorful and outspoken announcer. “I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education, but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave...

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