11.10.2009

One More Year With Vin Scully



Vin Scully, by far our favorite baseball announcer, has decided to stick around the broadcast booth in 2010 to do what he does best: announce Los Angeles Dodgers games.

Turning 82 later this month, Scully's tenure with the Dodgers is the longest of any current sports broadcaster with the same team. In fact, he's so awesome that the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio.
"I still love the job. I’m trying to figure out if I can walk away," he said. "I’m the horse pulling the wagon with a lot of people on the wagon, so I’m really not sure. God willing, I’ll do next year and then we’ll just have to wait and see."
Scully has seen his share of amazing moments through his 60 years as a play-by-play guy. There was Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series...
"Got him! The greatest game ever pitched in baseball history, by Don Larsen! A no-hitter, a perfect game in a World Series. Never in the history of the game has it ever happened in a World Series. And so our hats off to Don Larsen — no runs, no hits, no errors, no walks, no baserunners. The final score: The Yankees: two runs, five hits and no errors. The Dodgers: No runs, no hits, no errors... in fact, nothing at all."
And another ace for Sandy Koufax in 1965...
"And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flourish: he struck out the last six consecutive batters—so when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record books, that K stands out even more than the O-U-F-A-X."
Game 6 of the 1986 World Series which Boston Red Sox fan will never forget...
"Little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!"
Then there was one of the most recognizable calls in the history of the game for Kirk Gibson's '88 walkoff miracle...
"And look who's coming up. You talk about a roll of the dice, this is it. High fly ball into right field, she iiiiiiis... GONE!" After 67 seconds of stunned silence, he summed it up. "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
Scully was there for Fernando Valenzuela's 1990 perfectly unperfect no-hitter as well...
"If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky!"
But quite possibly the most important call for Scully came on April 8, 1974 when Hank Aaron nailed his 715th career home run...
"What a marvelous moment for baseball. What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly Hank Aaron."
So glad you're sticking around Scully.

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4 comments:

Jacob said...

Great article gals, I could just hear Scully's voice when I read those quotes!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jacob - nice work. I'm also very glad to see Vin coming back for another year! He's a blessing to the game.

Anonymous said...

Fernando's was a no hitter, was it not?

Sooze said...

Yes it was anonymous, apparently I got a little excited there.

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