- Posted September 1, 2012 by
Los Angeles, California
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Evenings in America
Vin Scully: A Legend In His Own Time
Thursday night was Vin Scully bobblehead night in Los Angeles, a fitting honor for baseball’s all-time greatest announcer - the hall of famer turns 85 next year, and yes - he is coming back for yet another 1 year contract for the Dodgers!
Scully has broadcast Dodger games since 1950, and he still brings a level of excitement to games that few can rival.
After covering the fabled first championship of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, Scully followed the team to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. He has gone from transistor radios when most games were not on TV, to being followed by smartphones and twitter.
My family and friends have been to many of the classic games here in LA that he has called, from Fernando's no-hitter to the Kirk Gibson miracle home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series. What is LA going to do when he finally retires?
The most touching moment during the pre-game ceremonies was when he was supposed to throw out ceremonial first pitch. He suddenly gave the ball to 15 of his grand children, who passed the ball down one by one.
If I am alive, I will be at Vin's funeral when he passes on. There will never be another like him - in any sport or media coverage.
He is one of my broadcast heroes..."Long Drive...To The Wall...It's Gone!"
Long Live Vin Scully...