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It Started With Radio

Updated: March 28, 2002, 9:23 AM ET
By Bob Valvano | from "The Gifts of Jimmy V"

(Editor's note: ESPN.com is running three excerpts from ESPN Radio host Bob Valvano's The Gifts of Jimmy V published by Triumph Books. Here is the preface.)

Why this book?

Several reasons, but the most compelling for me, not necessarily in order of importance, are: an exchange of letters with an ESPN Radio listener, a tale involving Babe Ruth, a pregame talk by former Rutgers and Duke coach Bill Foster, and a story from the 1981 North Carolina State season.

First, the letters.

As ...

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