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New York sports history is full of heroes and villains, big shots and bad guys. But something about the New York fans, the size of the city, the press, and the owners of our teams makes our heroes and villains bigger than life. All the greatest good guys and all the baddest bad guys would agree: This city is the best place to win, and the worst place to lose.

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Bobby Thomson

Channel Thirteen/WNET's NEW YORK VOICES and the city's hometown paper, THE DAILY NEWS, have teamed up to chronicle the history of some of this town's most celebrated sports heroes and villains.

BIG SHOTS AND BAD GUYS is narrated by Vincent Pastore, a.k.a. "Big Pussy" of HBO's THE SOPRANOS, and features famed DAILY NEWS journalists Pete Hamill and Vic Ziegel, along with the paper's legendary sports cartoonist, Bill Gallo.

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Walter O'Malley

Other commentators include Keith Torrie of THE DAILY NEWS, Budd Mishkin of NY1, Suzyn Waldman of the YES Network, and Hockey commentator Stan Fischler. Also featured are Jody "Mac" McDonald, Sid Rosenberg, Mike Francesa, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Ed Randall of WFAN sports radio.

All photos in BIG SHOTS AND BAD GUYS were provided by dailynewspix.com.

Additional artwork is from Drawing a Crowd by Bill Gallo.

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