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Vin Scully
Vin Scully
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a spring training game in Arizona, 2008.
Background information
Team(s) Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
Official site(s) www.dodgers.com
Genre(s) Play-by-play
Sports Major League Baseball
NFL football
PGA golf

Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully (born November 29, 1927 in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. His 60-year tenure with the Dodgers (1950-present) is the longest of any broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history. Named California Sportscaster of the Year twenty-eight times, he received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and was honored with a Life Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting and induction into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. He was named Broadcaster of the Century by the American Sportscasters Association (ASA) in 2000. In 2009, the ASA named him the top sportscaster of all-time on its list of the Top 50.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Scully grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.[2] He made ends meet by delivering beer and mail, pushing garment racks, and cleaning silver in the basement of the Pennsylvania Hotel[3] in New York City. His father was a silk salesman; his mother a homemaker of Irish descent with red hair like her son. Scully attended high school at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. As a kid growing up in Washington Heights, he was a big Mel Ott fan, as his favorite team was actually the New York Giants (ironic given the long-standing rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers). He knew he wanted to be a sports announcer the moment he became fascinated with football broadcasts on his radio.

Career in BrooklynEdit

Scully began his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University. While at Fordham, he helped form its FM radio station WFUV, was assistant sports editor for Volume 28 of The Fordham Ram his senior year, sang in a barbershop quartet, played center field, got a degree, and sent about 150 letters to stations along the Eastern seaboard. Scully ultimately got only one response, from CBS Radio affiliate WTOP in Washington, which made him a fill-in.

He was eventually recruited by Red Barber, sports director of the CBS Radio Network, for its college football coverage. Scully impressed his boss with his coverage of a football game from frigid Fenway Park in Boston, despite having to do so from the stadium roof (expecting an enclosed press box, Scully had left his coat and gloves at his hotel, but never mentioned his discomfort on the air). Barber mentored Scully and told him that if he wanted to be a successful sports announcer he should never be a "homer" (openly showing a rooting interest for the team that employs you, as many more modern sportscasters do), never listen to other announcers, and keep his opinions to himself.

In 1950, Scully joined Barber and Cornelius (Connie) Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers' radio and television booths, after Ernie Harwell switched to the New York Giants. When Barber got into a salary dispute with World Series sponsor Gillette in 1953, Scully took Barber's spot for the Fall Classic. At the age of 25, Scully became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series (a record that stands to this day). Barber left the Dodgers after the 1953 season (to work for the New York Yankees). With Desmond often sidelined due to problems with alcoholism, Scully eventually became the team's principal announcer. Scully called the Dodgers' games in Brooklyn until 1957, after which the club moved west to Los Angeles. Jerry Doggett, who joined the announcing team in September, 1956, was Scully's main sidekick until he retired after the 1987 season.

CBSEdit

Like Barber and Mel Allen in the 1940s, Scully retained his credentials in football even as his baseball career blossomed. From 1975 to 1982, Scully called National Football League games for CBS television. One of his most famous NFL calls is Dwight Clark's touchdown catch in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game (which Scully called with Hank Stram), which put the San Francisco 49ers into Super Bowl XVI.

Montana...looking, looking, throwing in the endzone...Clark caught it!

Scully also anchored the network's tennis and PGA Tour golf coverage in the late 1970s and early 1980s, usually working the golf events with Pat Summerall, Ken Venturi, and Ben Wright. From 1975 to 1982, he was part of the team that covered the Masters for CBS. He has also done golf coverage for NBC and ABC television.

In 1977, Scully began his first of two stints calling baseball for CBS Radio, broadcasting the All-Star Game through 1982 and the World Series from 1979-1982.

Departure from CBSEdit

Scully decided to leave CBS Sports in favor of a job calling baseball games for NBC (beginning in 1983) following a dispute over assignment prominence (according to CBS Sports producer Terry O'Neil in the book The Game Behind the Game). CBS decided going into the 1981 NFL season that John Madden was going to be the star color commentator of their NFL television coverage. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Pat Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for CBS Radio.

After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports decided that Pat Summerall's style was more in tune with John Madden than was Scully's, and assigned him to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan.

NBCEdit

Main article: Major League Baseball on NBC
File:NBC SportsJoeandVin.jpg

Outside of Southern California, Vin Scully is probably best remembered for being NBC television's lead baseball broadcaster from 1983 to 1989, earning approximately $2 million per year. Besides calling the Saturday Game of the Week for NBC, Scully called three World Series (1984, 1986, and 1988), four National League Championship Series (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989), and four All-Star Games (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989). Scully also reworked his Dodgers schedule during this period, as he would only broadcast home games on the radio, road games for television, and got Fridays and Saturdays off so he could work for NBC.

Teaming with Joe Garagiola for NBC telecasts (with the exception of 1989, when Scully teamed with Tom Seaver), Scully was on hand for several key moments in baseball history: Fred Lynn hitting the first grand slam in All-Star Game history (1983); the 1984 Detroit Tigers winning the World Championship; Ozzie Smith's game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series; the sixth game of the 1986 World Series; the 1987 All-Star Game in Oakland, which was deadlocked at 0-0 before Tim Raines broke up the scoreless tie with a triple in the top of the 13th inning; the first official night game in the history of Chicago's Wrigley Field (August 9, 1988); Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series; and chatting with Ronald Reagan (who said to Scully, "I've been out of work for six months and maybe there's a future here.") in the booth during the 1989 All-Star Game in Anaheim.

On Saturday, June 3, 1989, Scully was doing the play-by-play for the NBC Game of the Week in St. Louis, where the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings. Meanwhile, Dodgers were playing a series in Houston and Scully flew to Houston to be on hand to call the Sunday game of the series. However, the Saturday night game between the teams was going into extra innings when Scully arrived at Houston, so he went to the Astrodome instead of his hotel. He picked up the play-by-play, helping to relieve the other Dodger announcers, who were doing television and radio (after calling 10 innings in St. Louis) and broadcast the final 13 innings, as the game went 22 innings. He broadcast 23 innings in one day in two different cities.

Laryngitis prevented Scully from calling Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Bob Costas, who was working the American League Championship Series between Oakland and Toronto with Tony Kubek, was flown from Toronto to Chicago to fill in that evening (an off day for the ALCS).

After the 1989 season, NBC would lose the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS. It was the first time that NBC would not be able to televise baseball since 1946. In the aftermath, Scully said of NBC losing baseball,

It's a passing of a great American tradition. It is sad. I really and truly feel that. It will leave a vast window, to use a Washington word, where people will not get Major League Baseball and I think that's a tragedy. ... It's a staple that's gone. I feel for people who come to me and say how they miss it and, I hope, me.

1990–presentEdit

After leaving NBC, Scully returned to CBS Radio baseball in 1990, calling the network's World Series broadcasts through 1997. After ESPN Radio acquired radio rights from CBS in 1998, Scully decided to retire from national broadcasting.[4]

In 1999, Scully was the master of ceremonies for MasterCard's Major League Baseball All-Century Team before the start of Game 2 of the World Series. Also in 1999, Scully appeared in the movie For Love of the Game.

In recent years, Scully cut back his work schedule to approximately 110 games a year (though he has no plans to retire in the foreseeable future according to a July 2005 interview with Bryant Gumbel on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel). Usually, he will call the first three innings of a Dodgers game via a radio-and-television simulcast, then the rest exclusively for television.

Scully will normally not call a non-playoff game that takes place east of the Rockies (a key exception was the 2007 season opening series, when the Dodgers opened their season up in Milwaukee); in addition, Scully reportedly won't attend or watch a baseball game that he isn't announcing. It wasn't until the year 2004, when he and his boss, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, attended a game at Fenway Park, that Scully was at a baseball game simply as a spectator.

During the 2007 season, Scully broadcast televised Dodger home games, road games against National League West opponents (Arizona, Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco) and the interleague games at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. As previously mentioned, he generally no longer goes on road trips east of the Rockies. The only exceptions were the opening series in Milwaukee, and a four game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Scully also isn't normally scheduled to call a Dodgers game (for radio or television) if ESPN is televising it for Sunday Night Baseball. Instead, the task goes to the likes of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday.

The Dodgers announced on February 22, 2006, that Scully and the team had reached an agreement extending his contract through the 2008 season. Scully is expected to earn about $3 million each year.

On Friday, September 5, 2008, Scully announced that he intended to continue calling games through the 2009 season. It was his sixtieth season with the team. In a press conference on December 1, 2009, Scully announced he was coming back for a 61th season in 2010 and again would broadcast at least 110 Dodger games. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will remain his sidekicks.[5]

Memorable callsEdit

1955 World SeriesEdit

Main article: 1955 World Series

After the final out was made in the seventh and deciding game, Scully simply but memorably said,

Ladies and gentlemen, the Brooklyn Dodgers are the champions of the world.

Scully was later asked why he didn't provide a more dramatic, emotional or extended description of the Dodgers' long-sought breakthrough against their rival and longtime nemesis, the New York Yankees. Scully answered that he would have broken down in tears if he tried to say anything more.

Don Larson's 1956 perfect gameEdit

For the 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers, Scully (who as a representive of the Dodgers, was working the NBC telecasts with Yankee representive Mel Allen) was on hand for Yankee pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 (to date, the only time that a pitcher has thrown a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game in World Series history). While Allen did the first half of the game, Scully did the second half (back then, play-by-play announcers typically worked alone).

This is the Scully's description of the top of the ninth inning:

Well, all right, let's all take a deep breath as we go to the most dramatic moment in the history of baseball ... The crowd here at Yankee Stadium, Sixty-four thousand, five hundred and seventeen, will be roaring on every pitch.

The Dodger bullpen ... grumbling ... growling ... and waiting.

After Carl Furillo flied out for the first out, a shot of the Dodgers' dugout, with Walter Alston looking on

I think it would be safe to say no man in the history of baseball has ever come up to home plate in a more dramatic moment. That man is pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell.

After Roy Campanella grounds out for the second out

Yankee Stadium is shivering in its concrete foundation right now as Larsen pitches to Mitchell.

A shot of Larsen backing off the mound, taking off his hat.

The ballgame is right there on your screen, Mr. Don Larsen.

After ball one to Mitchell.

And now there is one strike left.

After strike two.

Fouled away ... just to increase the tension.

After Mitchell hits a foul ball.

Got him! (Crowd noise drowns out Scully's words) ... for 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. This was a day to remember, this was a ballgame to remember and above all, the greatest day in the life of Don Larsen. And the most dramatic and well-pitched ballgame in the history of baseball. ... Mel, you can put this in your ring and wear it a long time.

Mitchell checks his swing, and it's called strike three.

1959 National League Playoff SeriesEdit

Another of Vin Scully's memorable calls came in a National League pennant clinching game against the Milwaukee Braves in 1959.

At the end of the regular season the Dodgers and Braves were tied for first place. A best-of-three playoff series was played with the Dodgers winning the first game in Milwaukee. The second game was played in Los Angeles. If they won, they would go to Chicago and play the White Sox, in the World Series.

In the bottom of the twelfth inning, after Braves pitcher Joe Rush had retired the first two batters, Gil Hodges walked and reserve catcher Joe Pignatano singled with Hodges stopping at second. Carl Furillo was the next batter for the Dodgers.

This was Vin Scully's famous call on the ball hit by Furillo:

Big bouncer over the mound, over second base. Up with it is Mantilla, throws low and wild! Hodges scores! We go to Chicago!

Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect gameEdit

One of Scully's most memorable moments from his early years in Los Angeles is his commentary on the perfect game pitched by Sandy Koufax in 1965.[6]

Two and two to Harvey Kuenn, one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here's the pitch: swung on and missed, a perfect game! On the scoreboard in right field it is 9:46 p.m. in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California, and a crowd of twenty-nine thousand one-hundred thirty nine just sitting in to see the only pitcher in baseball history to hurl four no-hit, no-run games. He has done it four straight years, and now he caps it: on his fourth no-hitter he made it a perfect game. 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.

Henry Aaron's 715th career home runEdit

On April 8, 1974, Henry Aaron of the Atlanta Braves broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 career home runs with a homer off Al Downing of the Dodgers in Atlanta. Scully first called "It's a long drive to deep left, Buckner to the fence... It is gone!" and then was silent for 25 seconds, letting the roar of the crowd tell the story. Then he said,[7]

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 Henry Aaron.

Also well-known is the call of this play by Braves announcer Milo Hamilton.

1979 World SeriesEdit

In Game 7 of the 1979 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates were trailing the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 when the Pirates' Willie "Pops" Stargell hit a towering two-run homer that gave Pittsburgh the lead (which they would not relinquish). Scully called the home run for CBS Radio.

One-nothing, Baltimore, and a man aboard and Stargell at the plate. McGregor comes to him, and there's a high fly ball into deep right-center field! Back goes Singleton, way back, to the wall! It's gone! He's done it! Pops has hit it out!

Dwight Clark's "catch"Edit

On January 10, 1982 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark in the back of the endzone to give the San Francisco 49ers a 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game. The play is now known in NFL lore as "The Catch" and propelled the 49ers to Super Bowl XVI.

3rd and 3.....Montana...looking, looking, throwing in the end zone...Clark caught it!...Dwight Clark!

1983 All-Star GameEdit

In the third inning of the 1983 All-Star Game in Chicago, the California Angels' Fred Lynn, batting for the American League with the bases loaded, connected off the San Francisco Giants' Atlee Hammaker for the first (and thus far only) grand slam in an All-Star Game. Scully called the blast for NBC.

Back goes Murphy, way back, and there it is! The first grand slam home run in All-Star history, hit by that man, smiling Fred Lynn!

Jack Morris' 1984 no-hitterEdit

On April 7, 1984 at Chicago's Comiskey Park, Scully - alongside his NBC colleague, Joe Garagiola - called a game in which Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris hurled a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.

Got him swinging, and he has his no-hitter!

1984 World SeriesEdit

During the NBC telecast of Game 5 of the 1984 World Series, with the Tigers' Kirk Gibson at bat, Scully and Garagiola discussed the hitter's standout football and baseball career with the Michigan State Spartans. Shortly thereafter, Gibson connected for a home run off the San Diego Padres' Mark Thurmond.

And there it goes, for Michigan State and all of Tigerdom!

Later that evening, after the Tigers won the game and the Series and fans mobbed the field in celebration at Tiger Stadium, Scully described the scene.

This is baseball's version of New Year's Day at Times Square.

1986 World SeriesEdit

Concluding the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, Scully, who rarely raises his distinctive dulcet voice, uttered what arguably became the most famous call of his career at the time (if not overall).

Little roller up along first . . . behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!
Scully then remained silent for more than three minutes, letting the pictures and the crowd noise tell the story. Scully resumed with
If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are not only alive, they are well, and they will play the Red Sox in Game 7 tomorrow!

1988 World SeriesEdit

Vin Scully

Vin Scully in 2006

Two years later, on October 15, 1988, in Game 1 of the World Series, Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers hit a dramatic, walk-off, two-run home run to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Over the course of the season, Gibson had injured both legs (to swing a bat, Scully announced, Gibson would only be able to use his upper-body strength, because "he can't push off [with the back leg], and he can't land [on the front leg].") and was being treated in the trainer's room, out of sight, during the entire game. Earlier, the TV camera had scanned the dugout and Scully observed that Gibson was nowhere to be found. According to legend, as Gibson was in the clubhouse undergoing physical therapy, he saw this on the television, spurring him to get back in the dugout and telling Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda he was ready if needed. In the ninth (and final) inning, pinch-hitter Mike Davis was awarded first base on a two-out walk,

and look who's coming up... you talk about a roll of the dice...this is it.
Scully said. After two strikes, Gibson hit a ball on the ground, limped about 50 feet toward first base before the ball bounced foul,
...and it had to be an effort to run that far. It's one thing to favor one leg, but you can't favor two.
Finally, on a 3-balls, 2-strikes pitch from relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley, Gibson hit a dramatic walk-off home run. Scully nearly screamed,
High fly ball into right field, she i-i-i-is... gone!
Holding to his long-standing belief that the noise of the fans best tells the story, Scully did not speak for 67 seconds before announcing, incredulously,
In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!
Later, Scully said to his broadcast partner (Garagiola) and to the viewers,
What an opening act, huh? I think we've got a leading man, and many of them, between now and the end of this great 1988 World Series.

Kirk Gibson would not make another appearance in the series, which the Dodgers won, 4 games to 1. Scully would later say that he was still in such disbelief several hours later, he couldn't sit down.

An edited audio of Scully's 1988 call has been used in 2005 post-season action, in a Wheaties ad featuring a recreational softball game, with a portly player essentially re-enacting that entire moment as he hits the softball over the right field fence to win the game.

1989 Major League Baseball All-Star GameEdit

While at the 1989 All-Star Game, Scully watched the gifted and versatile Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals, who was leading off for the American League, hit a towering home run off Rick Reuschel of the San Francisco Giants. The ball that Jackson hit sailed high and far, soared over the center-field fence, and landed an estimated 448 feet from home plate. Scully reacted to the homer by saying on the NBC telecast

And look at that one! Bo Jackson says hello!

1989 National League Championship SeriesEdit

The final Major League Baseball game that Vin Scully called for NBC was on October 9, 1989. Scully was at San Francisco's Candlestick Park to broadcast Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. The Giants were on the brink of winning their first National League pennant in 27 years. Giants first baseman (and eventual NLCS MVP) Will Clark broke up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning after getting a base hit (with the bases loaded) off the Cubs' closer, Mitch Williams.

Prior to the showdown between Clark and Williams, Scully summarized it by simply saying:

I guess we figured it should come down to this.
After Clark fouled off two pitches on a 1-2 count, Scully said:
In every big series there comes a time when it becomes difficult to breathe, difficult to swallow. This is that moment.
Clark then hit a hard line drive up the middle to bring in two runs:
Line drive, base hit into center field! In comes one, in comes Butler, going to third is Thompson! 3 to 1 San Francisco!
After Giants pitcher Steve Bedrosian gave up a run in the top of the ninth, he was able to get Ryne Sandberg to ground out and end the game:
Breaking ball hit to Robby Thompson … and that's it!

Fernando Valenzuela's 1990 no-hitterEdit

When Fernando Valenzuela, the beloved Mexican-born Dodgers pitcher near the end of his career with the team, pitched a no-hitter on 29 June 1990, Scully memorably exclaimed,[8]

If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky!

1991 World SeriesEdit

On October 27, 1991, Scully (calling the game for CBS Radio) was on hand for a game considered by fans to be one of the most intense in the sport's history. Game 7 of the already exciting World Series (between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves) was scoreless going into the ninth inning, and an emotionally drained Scully said,

after eight full innings of play, Atlanta nothing, Minnesota nothing... I think we'll be back in just a moment.
In the bottom of the tenth inning, Gene Larkin won the game for the Twins with a high fly-ball into left field (which allowed Dan Gladden to score) off Alejandro Peña.

1996 World SeriesEdit

During his CBS Radio broadcast in 1996, Scully made another memorable call in the third inning of Game 1, when 19-year-old rookie outfielder Andruw Jones became the first National League player to hit two home runs in his first two at-bats in a World Series.[9]

Jones hits this one to left field, wa-a-ay back, the kid has hit another one!

In Game 6 of the World Series, with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth of a one-run game, Scully described what he found "so wonderful about baseball":

The Yankees can't hold onto the basketball, and they can't take a knee with the football; sooner or later, they have to throw the ball toward home plate to the Braves.

(With the next pitch, Mark Lemke popped up for the second time to foul territory behind third base to Charlie Hayes, sealing the fragile victory for the New York Yankees over the Atlanta Braves.)

October 2, 2004Edit

File:Vin Scully in booth.jpg

On October 2, 2004, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West Division title with a seven-run ninth inning rally capped by Steve Finley's walk-off grand slam home run. Tied 3-3 and needing only a sacrifice fly to force across the winning run, all expectations were for a long fly. Scully, doing the radio broadcast for KFWB AM 980, exclaimed

High fly ball into deep right field! Wherever it goes, the Dodgers have won... and it's a grand slam home run!

September 18, 2006Edit

The San Diego Padres were up two games to one in a four-game series, had taken a one-half game lead in the National League West, and had taken their second four-run lead of the game on September 18, 2006, when the Dodgers came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth and did what only four teams in MLB history had done before (all in the 1960s): hit four straight home runs—the last two on the first pitch—to tie the game. The score was 9-5 before Jeff Kent and J. D. Drew homered against Jon Adkins; then, closer Trevor Hoffman was taken deep on his first pitch to Russell Martin. With the score suddenly 9-8, Marlon Anderson swung at the first pitch he saw.

And another drive into high right-center, at the wall, running, and watching it go out! Believe it or not, four consecutive home runs, and the Dodgers have tied it up again!

After giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning, the Dodgers led off the bottom half with a walk to Kenny Lofton; Nomar Garciaparra then worked the count to 3-1 against Rudy Seanez.

And a high fly ball to left field, it is a-way out and gone! The Dodgers win it 11-10! (chuckles) Unbelievable!

As the crowd cheered, Scully closed 84 seconds later with a simple,

I forgot to tell you—the Dodgers are in first place.

The Dodgers finished the season tied for first place, but the Padres won the division by virtue of winning the most head-to-head matchups between them. The Dodgers would instead win the NL Wild Card.

Generally, when a batter hits a fly ball into the outfield, with a runner scoring, Scully refers to the play as a "scoring fly ball" rather than a "sacrifice fly".

TragedyEdit

Scully has endured a pair of personal tragedies in his life. In 1972, his 35-year-old wife, Joan Crawford (no relation to the actress), died of an accidental medical overdose, although many have blamed her death on her fragile emotional state at the time. Scully was suddenly a widowed father of three after 15 years of marriage (In late 1973, he married Sandra Schaefer, who had two children of her own, and they soon would have another child together). In 1994, Scully's eldest son, Michael, died in a helicopter crash at the age of 33 while working for the ARCO Transportation Company. Although Michael's death still haunts him, Scully credits his faith and being able to dive back into his career with helping him ease the burden and grief.

Other appearancesEdit

Besides his sportscasting work, Scully was the uncredited narrator for the short-lived NBC sitcom Occasional Wife. Scully also served as the host for the game show It Takes Two, and in early 1973, hosted The Vin Scully Show, a weekday afternoon talk-variety show on CBS.

Scully appeared as himself in the 1999 film For Love of the Game, and his voice can be heard calling baseball games in the films Bachelor in Paradise (1961), Experiment in Terror (1962), and The Party (1968), as well as on episodes of the TV series Mister Ed and Brooklyn Bridge.

In 1970, ABC Sports producer Roone Arledge tried to lure Scully to his network to call play-by-play for the then-new Monday Night Football series, but the latter's Dodgers commitment precluded his involvement.

Gillian Anderson's character "Dana Scully" on the television show The X-Files had her name taken from Vin Scully. X-Files creator Chris Carter is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Vin Scully has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6675 Hollywood Blvd.

Scully impersonatorsEdit

Los Angeles-area sportscaster Jim Healy had a sports commentary show on radio station KMPC-AM, in the 1980s. One of the sound bites he used was a voice mimicking Scully, saying, "I caaan't believe it!"

Harry Shearer does an impersonation of Scully on The Simpsons as the Gabbo character/puppet, and also uses it when the storyline includes the fictional team of the Springfield Isotopes.

San Francisco Giants and ESPN broadcaster Jon Miller is noted in baseball circles for his dead-on impersonation of Vin Scully (as well as those of Harry Caray, Jerry Howarth, Chuck Thompson, Jack Buck, and Harry Kalas).

References Edit

Footnotes Edit

  1. "Chris Schenkel named 25th greatest sportscaster of all-time." Article at www.pba.com, January 15, 2009.
  2. Sandomir, Richard. "Daffy Days of Brooklyn Return for Vin Scully", The New York Times, October 5, 2006. Accessed May 21, 2007. "Scully’s lyrical voice has belonged to Los Angeles for so long that only older fans can recall Scully’s time with the Dodgers in Brooklyn from 1950 to 1957 after growing up in the Bronx and in Washington Heights. His last known address in New York was 869 West 180th Street; he took the subway to Ebbets Field during his first Dodgers season. He called three Subway Series in his Brooklyn years, in 1953, 1955 and 1956. By then, he was living in Bogota, N.J., and his red-haired mother, Bridget, was listening to her son call Game 7 of the 1955 Series, the one in which the Dodgers, behind Johnny Podres, finally beat the Yankees."
  3. Pennsylvania Hotel
  4. Scully signs off World Series radio
  5. Gurnick, Ken (2008-09-05). Scully will return for 61th season in {2010}, based on announcement in December, 2009.. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-06.
  6. Salon Brilliant Careers | Vin Scully. salon.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.
  7. Announcers can make history too. latimes.com. Retrieved on July 27, 2007.
  8. Plaschke, Bill. "No Mas", Los Angeles Times, 2001-07-08.
  9. Atlanta Braves: Player Information: Biography and Career Highlights: Andruw Jones. mlb.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

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Preceded by:
Ernie Harwell
Ford C. Frick Award
1982
Succeeded by:
Jack Brickhouse
Preceded by:
Joe Garagiola and Dick Enberg
World Series network television play-by-play announcer
1983-1989 (concurrent with Al Michaels in even numbered years). Scully also called seven World Series as a representative of the Dodgers, not a network employee in the 1950s-1970s.
For more details on this topic, see List of World Series broadcasters.
Succeeded by:
Jack Buck
Preceded by:
Bill White and Ross Porter
Jack Buck
World Series national radio play-by-play announcer
1979-1982
1990-1997
Succeeded by:
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