Vin Scully spent 67 seasons with the Dodgers, calling games, telling us stories, and talking of cotton candy clouds. He’s had so many memorable calls, it’s impossible to count.
Starting his career in 1950 with the Dodgers in Brooklyn and ending it in 2016 with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Scully has broadcasted thousands of games. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd at Dodger Stadium for his last game in LA. Let’s just say there was crying in baseball that day!
When I hear anything Scully has broadcasted or narrated, it still pulls at my heartstrings. The way he called a game is a thing of beauty and it even made non-baseball fans adore him, simply because of his way with words. My best friend, who isn’t even into baseball, knows who Vin was and was actually the first person to text me when the legendary broadcaster recently passed.
When the news broke of his passing, I couldn’t believe it. It was a notification on my phone that I didn’t believe I had received. Without even knowing Vin Scully, it felt like I knew him and that he was my friend and my Dodger Grandpa. He had that way about him … simply with the way he talked to us during games. The world was lucky to have had him as long as we did and my condolences go out to all of his loved ones.
Although it’s definitely a task to narrow all of Vin’s amazing broadcasts/calls down to just a few memorable ones, I’m going to try!
These will be in no particular order, because, let’s face it, they’re all gold.
Sandy Koufax’s Perfect Game (September 9, 1965)
As a Dodgers fan, I have a list of current and former Dodgers I’d like to meet. I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Lasorda at a spring training game years back. Incredible.
Sandy Koufax, one of the all-time Dodger greats, is on the list of people I’d like to meet as well. Watching the ceremony for the unveiling of his new statue at Dodger Stadium, I could just tell how loved Koufax is among those who know him. Clayton Kershaw even got a little emotional when he was speaking about what Koufax means to him.
Hearing Scully, the best broadcaster ever, call Sandy Koufax’s perfect game is a thing of beauty. I’m so happy that this audio exists and we could hear Vin talking about how Koufax threw so hard that he lost his hat. Scully is so descriptive, it’s like we were at the game with them in 1965.
After Koufax finished the perfect game, Vin took a step back and let the crowd noise be heard. He was so good at doing that in the right moments.
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