Vin Scully, the famous Dodgers baseball broadcaster, died
Vin Scully is the name who is synonymous with the Dodgers.
This opening line was used for every Dodger Game, but now it has been replaced by “It’s Time For Dodgers Baseball!”
Vin Scully has announced games for the Dodgers for over 50 years, as well as spending more time with a single team in all of sports history than anyone else.
Vin Scully’s death announced by the Dodgers in a tweet. He was 94.
Larry King remembers Vin Scully while they were on radio together decades ago. He says that the sound of Vin Scully’s voice is like bewitchment.
Vin Scully was an integral part of the team, his voice was popular among people who attended Dodgers games. Vin Scully’s voice created more vivid imagery than a TV broadcast could have.
Vin Scully was a man of many stories, rather than statistics. Vin Scully often said “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination.” He often liked to tell stories about the game that have been around for so long that most people did not realize where it came from.
Vin Scully once said “We were playing on Friday the 13th and I thought, ‘I wonder why the background of Friday the 13th, why it’s such a big deal?’ So I looked it up and it goes back to the 1800 so and so’s”
Throughout his career, Scully conveyed the excitement of the fans. For example, he explained what a perfect game was to us when it happened in 1965 and had vivid descriptions of the field.
In 1974, after Hank Aaron’s historic and record-breaking 715th home run, Vin Scully paused for 30 seconds, watching the outfield with a smile on his face as the crowd played along. He continued to say, “It’s a marvelous moment for baseball, for Atlanta and the state of Georgia and it’s a wonderful moment for us. It’s a great moment in the Deep South when we have one from Martin Luther King weekend to have a black man get such a standing ovation in breaking an all-time record of baseball idol.”
He did network TV sports for CBS and NBC for many years. His call of the 1986 Red Sox- Mets series game became famous, in which Bill Buckner let a ground ball through his legs at first base.
“Little roller up along first, behind the bag. It gets through Buckner. Here comes and the Mets win it!”
In 1927, Vincent Edward Scully was born to Bridget and Vincent Aloysius, in the Bronx. After graduating from Fordham University, he was recruited by Red Barber, a legendary broadcaster.
Later in his career, Vin Scully asked God if he should continue to play baseball. He said that whether or not God told him to come back for another year, he was happy with his decision.
After 67 seasons, 2016 was his last. The team held a moving ceremony for him, where he shared some words with the crowd.He said that they “kept me going every time they roared,” and then answered one of the questions from an audience member, which asked “What are you gonna do now?” His response was classic Scully.
He said, that older adults have 20 years left to live at retirement. When they are 89, and someone asks them what they do for a living, they can say that they tried to make the best of their time in the world.
Vin Scully once paused and said that injuries can make someone day-to-day. Scully then added, “aren’t we all?”