Vin Scully

Often referred to as baseball's poet laureate, long time Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully is likely baseball's most praised announcer. Born to a poor family in 1927 in the Bronx, the red-haired Irishman knew he wanted to broadcast sports by the time he was 8 years old. He once said, "I would come home to listen to a football game -- there weren't other sports on -- and I would get a pillow and I would crawl under the radio, so that the loudspeaker and the roar of the crowd would wash all over me, and I would just get goose bumps like you can't believe. And I knew that of all the things in this world that I wanted, I wanted to be that fella saying, whatever, home run, or touchdown. It just really got to me."

After playing baseball at Fordham University, Scully got his first big break, calling the Boston University-Maryland football game from the roof of Fenway Park on a freezing cold evening. In 1950, Scully was hired as the number three broadcaster for the Brooklyn Dodgers where he learned from legendary announcer Red Barber. He became the Dodgers number one broadcaster several years later at the age of 26, and has remained the voice of the Dodgers ever since.

Scully is often praised for his musical, almost lyrical voice, and his brilliant command of language. Esteemed broadcaster Dick Enberg said of Scully, "He paints a picture more beautifully than anyone who's ever called a baseball game." His broadcasts are so brilliant that, unlike virtually all other baseball broadcasts, Scully still works without a color analyst. His masterful play calling and colorful anecdotes would simply overshadow any other voice.

Scully has broadcast some of the game's most memorable moments, including six Dodger World Championships, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run, and four Sandy Koufax no-hitters. His call of Koufax's 1965 perfect game is often considered baseball broadcasting's finest masterpiece. The transcript of Scully's call reads almost like verse.

Vin Scully
1950-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers
1958-Present Los Angeles Dodgers
Hall of Fame 1982

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http://www.salon.com/people/bc/1999/10/12/scully/index.html
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/la/history/vin_scully_tribute/tribute.jsp
http://www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/S/Scully_Vin.stm
http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/10/12/scully_koufax/

 

 

 

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