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Vitale Receiving Sports Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award

vitale will receive the lifetime achievement award at the annual sports emmy awards

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale. (Icon Sportswire via AP)

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:26 PM

Dick Vitale, ESPN's exuberant voice of college basketball for the last four decades, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 20 in New York City.

Ironically, the 79-year-old analyst known for his colorful catchphrases and enthusiastic calls was at a loss for words when the honor was announced Tuesday.

"To have my name listed among the giants in sports broadcasting and to receive this prestigious award leaves me speechless, and you probably know that doesn't happen to me often," Vitale said in a statement. "I'm in absolute awe, going from a jock in the locker room to 40 years and counting at ESPN to now being in the same group as many people I've idolized as a fan is incredible."

Vitale, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame, called ESPN's first-ever major NCAA basketball game -- Wisconsin at DePaul -- on Dec. 5, 1979.

Since then, he has called more than 1,000 games and become a globally recognized ambassador of the sport.

Many of his "Vitale-isms" have become household phrases, including "Awesome, Baby!"; "PTP'er" (prime-time player); "Rolls Roycer" (a flat-out superstar); "All-Windex Performer" (great rebounder); and "Maalox time" (final minutes of a close game).

"Dick Vitale is one of the most unique, effusive and recognizable voices in sports broadcasting today," said Adam Sharp, president and CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said in a statement.

"He is a master behind the microphone and a great humanitarian. The National Academy could not be more proud to honor him with our distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports."

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Dick Vitale, ESPN's exuberant voice of college basketball for the last four decades, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 20 in New York City.
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