Sports fans can only Hope to be like Bob

Updated: January 20, 2004, 4:19 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: The following column first appeared on ESPN.com in late July, after the passing of Bob Hope. The PGA Tour's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic will be contested this week for the first time since his death.

It is probably a stretch to say that Bob Hope was the P. Diddy of his day.

After all, Our Dear Puffy is unlikely to ever own a professional sports franchise, no matter what he tells Howard Stern.

Hope, on the other hand, did own one team, the Cleveland Indians. He nearly ...

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