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50 Years Ago, Marv Got His Big Break

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Fifty years ago this Sunday, in a media world hardly imaginable today, a play-by-play icon got his break. 

It was long before Americans instantly accessed sports programming around the clock. In 1963, fans settled for a limited number of televised games, often on shadowy black-and-white screens that jittered and fidgeted.

Radio still filled many voids. Ground breaking play-by-play announcers, Mel Allen and Red Barber on baseball and Marty Glickman on football and basketball, delivered graphic word-pictures that mesmerized eager audiences.

Glickman authored basketball's nomenclature on radio, and his pioneering broadcasts after the war fostered interest in the game. One of the early ex-athletes to turn announcer, Glickman, an Olympic track star, first called...

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