A nice story told by Mike Waters of Syracuse.com
For years, Dick Vitale made a joke out of his bad left eye, the one he couldn’t see out of because of an accident when he was a small child.
He lost the vision in the eye after it was poked by a pencil.
So when the ESPN basketball analyst wanted to make a point about something that had happened in a game, he would say something along the lines of ‘Hey, I’ve only got one good eye and I can see that!”
But for many years, Vitale’s eye was not a joke. It was a subject of great pain from his childhood years all the way to adulthood and the hurt nearly saw him walk away from his broadcast career.