Zumoff the one constant of Sixers’ ever-changing landscape

BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com

Posted: October 31, 2013

20131030phillycomIT IS WITH alarming – and depressing – frequency that we read or hear accounts of tragedies perpetrated by people who have been bullied as children. Happily, Marc Zumoff’s story has had a much happier outcome.

Tonight on Comcast SportsNet, Zumoff kicks off his 20th season as the 76ers’ television play-by-play announcer – a run that puts him in the exalted company of such beloved “voices” as Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Gene Hart and Merrill Reese. Oddly enough, his longtime success as a member of a such an exclusive fraternity might be a result of the torment he suffered at the hands of other kids.

During a recent chat at a Starbucks not too far from his Montgomery County home, Zumoff spoke of being a frequent target of both verbal and physical abuse while growing up in the Far Northeast. But what likely stung the youngster most of all was his exclusion from neighborhood sports.

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