Costas’ first love sparked long journey to Hall

In “Julius Caesar,” William Shakespeare wrote of “a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood,” could propel a person far. Missed, the tide might lead him to curse what might have been, “bound in shallows and in miseries.” A tide can take you far away from home. With luck, it can bring you back.

Like any good baby boomer, Bob Costas grew up feeling that baseball was all-important. He hoped to air it — and did with art and verve. In 1989, a tide over which he had no control carried him from his first love to a

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