In 1932, a 5 year old red head carried his blanket and pillow to the living room. He walked over to the radio and turned it on. He then curled up underneath the radio and listened to the college football game. He cared nothing about the game, but suddenly the crowd began to cheer. The cheering got louder until it turned into a roar, the child loved the roar of the crowd.
The child’s name was Vincent Edward Scully, and he lived in Bronx, New York. At an early age, Vincent or Vin as he was called, decided he wanted to be a broadcaster. Vin did not pay much attention to baseball, so he wanted more than anything to be a football announcer.
It was October 2, 1936, when 9 year old Vin Scully was walking home from school. Game 2 of the World Series had ended earlier that day, with the Yankees defeating the Giants by a score of 18-4. Instead of being happy for the Yankees, Vin felt sorry for the poor Giants. At that moment Vin became an instant Giants fan. Because of his involvement with a catholic club, he could get into Giants games for free on weekdays.
Before one of these games, Vin was in his seat waiting for the game to start when he noticed a mob of kids. His curiosity got the better of him so he decided to go see what was going on. When he arrived, he was surprised to see The Bambino himself, Babe Ruth. All the kids were begging for Ruth’s autograph, but Ruth said “No, there will be no autographs.” Instead, The Babe pulled out a large stack of business cards with his name on them. He started handing them out, until everybody had one. Even Vin received one, but lost it somewhere along the line.
Vin Scully was recruited by Red Barber to call a football game between University of Maryland and Boston University at Fenway Park in 1949. Vin was expecting to be inside a booth with walls and a roof, so he left his coat and hat at his hotel. Instead of being in a booth, Vin was sitting on a chair one a platform that moved with the ball. Despite being freezing the whole time, Vin never complained to his boss. In 1950, Red Barber hired Vin to join a team calling Dodger games.
Vin tells a story about the first time he was allowed to call a game. Don Newcombe was pitching and Red Barber had given Vin the fourth inning. By the time the fourth inning rolled around, Don Newcombe had already been pulled from the game. Vin and Don have used to joke about it saying that Don didn’t want Vin to call him pitching.
When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Vin was unsure if he was going to still have a job. The people in California wanted their own announcer, but Walter O’Malley decided to bring Vin along. All Dodgers fans are very thankful that O’Malley made that choice, but Vin was just happy to have a job.
On April 21, 2001, Vin Scully finally agreed to allow the Dodgers to name the Press Box after him. His argument against it was, “I am a member of the press. I must be unbiased.” The Dodgers eventually persuaded Vin to allow them to turn the Dodgers Press Box into the Vin Scully Press Box.
What We Love About Vin
There are many things that we love about the great Vin Scully, so it is hard to decide what the first one is. I have decided that the best way to so this is with a list. The list will be unordered because it is so hard to decide. Feel free to comment and alert me of anything I missed.
- His Voice
Vin Scully has a voice that is very distinct, and that I find to be very soothing. When you turn on the TV or radio, you can immediately tell when Vin is covering the game.
- His Love for the Game
Have you ever turned on the TV for an exciting game and heard nothing but announcers who sound bored? I know that I have, but never with Vin Scully. Even when the Dodgers are trailing by 5 runs in the 9th inning, he finds something interesting to talk about.
- His Respect Towards Everybody
If you watch a Dodgers game, you will never hear Vin Scully say anything bad about anybody. For him, if the umpire makes a call, it is the right one. On September 5, 2016, the Diamondbacks were in Los Angeles for the beginning of a 4 game series. Zack Grienke was Arizona’s starter, and the Dodgers hit 5 home runs off of Grienke. While the crowd was yelling about how terrible Zack Grienke was, Vin Scully kept reminding those watching on TV how good Grienke is. He said, “Grienke is not a bad pitcher, in fact, he is a spectacular pitcher who is having a rough day.
All Dodgers fans will miss Vin, and so will the rest of the baseball world. Vin said that he needed us more than we needed him. It seems like we needed each other, but what I know is that Vin Scully was the best broadcaster to walk the face of the earth!
We will miss you Vin!!