BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: October 31, 2013
IT 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.