Vin Scully Newsbeat
Thursday, November 17, 2016
You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who’d have qualms with Scully’s honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.
When White House press secretary Josh Earnest called to tell Scully the news, the Dodgers’ legend responded:
“Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.”
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thursday, November 03, 2016
”Vin and I made plans in the spring of ’66 to have dinner when we later had the Dodgers on our broadcast schedule,” Gowdy remembered pensively. “As our date approached, I called Vin to finalize details and he abruptly told me that dinner was off. He had apparently found out that if the Dodgers win, his television role would be reduced. He was obviously not happy about the decision.
“I was surprised by Vin’s reaction but understood it. Heck, the World Series was then sports’ brightest stage and Scully’s role was being halved on television.”
Now that Vin has retired all the skeletons are coming out of the closet, eh?
Monday, October 03, 2016
Well worth a listen.
Back in July of 2012, Hugh had the opportunity to spend an hour with the broadcast legend who is calling it a career after 67 years today.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Here’s something that will make you groan. I asked if he kept all of his scorebooks down through the years and he said no. At the end of each season he just chucked them. To me that’s like throwing away the Ten Commandments.
...There was some guy on the internet selling full game broadcasts from the ‘50s-‘60s. He had some Dodger games so I bought them. I’m driving to the stadium one night listening to Vin call a game at Wrigley Field from 1966. I get so caught up in the drama of his description that when Ron Fairly hit a long fly ball down the rightfield line that just missed being a home run by inches I slammed my hand down on the dashboard in disgust. Then I thought, “This is insane. This game has been over for decades.” I told the story to Scully later that day and he said with mock urgency: “Oh, I hope we won.”
...One of the (many) amazing things Vin could do is recall plays and moments from games he saw 60 years ago. He then recounts them naming the specific players and game situations. He’s a walking baseball Google. And of course, no one else has that link with the past. No one else can tell Jackie Robinson anecdotes. I once asked him how he remembered all that stuff. He said he couldn’t just recall it at random, but something will occur in a game that triggers a memory. I said, “It’s very impressive. But how do we know you’re right?” He laughed and said, “You don’t.”
Posted: September 28, 2016 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
In one week, on the first Sunday of October, Scully will take a short ride along the streets of San Francisco from his hotel to AT&T Park. He will call his final game, between the team for which he rooted as a schoolboy and the team he served with unparalleled distinction.
Neither Los Angeles nor San Francisco had a team when Scully started his remarkable career, describing the feats of Jackie Robinson. When the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, so did Scully.
He courted L.A., on behalf of the new team and the new sport in town. In turn, L.A. embraced him, trusted him and loved him. The most popular and enduring of the Dodgers turned out to be the man behind the microphone.
So, long, Vin.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Froemming retired from field duty at the end of 2007 and will retire from his position with MLB as a special umpiring assistant at the end of this season. Just so happens he’s scheduled to be at the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco that doubles as Scully’s final series, so the umpire will have one last chance to say hello—and goodbye—to his old friend.
Asked what message he would deliver to Scully, Froemming made a perfect call.
“You were down the middle, and you were fair,” he said. “An umpire can’t ask for more than that.”
Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Vin Scully has been broadcasting Dodgers games for 67 seasons. As he signs off this year, Jon Miller, Bud Selig, Bob Costas and 20 other colleagues and friends reflect on why a career like Scully’s won’t happen again.
Posted: September 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 35 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Getcher Vin Scully fix in the regular season. After that, there aint no more.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Instead of an on-air partner, Scully relies on two silent men in the booth beside him: stage manager Boyd Robertson, and camera operator Rob Menschel, who also occasionally directs. Robertson and Menschel have worked with Scully on Dodger broadcasts since 1989. When the three of them are together, the booth has the feel of a family business—respect and professionalism underlined with nonverbal communication and easy humor. Facing home plate in the Dodger Stadium press box, Scully sits on the left side of the booth, Robertson beside him in the middle, and Menschel behind the camera to the right.
“His job description and my job description have nothing to do with what we actually do,” Menschel told VICE Sports before a recent home game. Rather, he and Robertson have evolved into a single organ devoted to supporting Scully through his broadcasts. They arrive at the park before he does and prepare the booth for his arrival. They are his research team, his partners, and his stand-ins for the listeners he is addressing at home. They are also his friends.
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Scully, 88, is not only greeted by umpires on the field. A procession of players, managers, coaches and umpires has made the trek — in uniform — up the ballpark elevator or escalators and into the Vin Scully Press Box to say goodbye to the man himself.
“He’s the only guy who has the farewell tour come to him,” Steiner said. “To see kids one-third of his age go up there wide-eyed and blown away — I think he’s every bit as blown away that they come up and show that respect.”
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Joe Maddon and David Ross visited Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully in his TV booth before Friday’s game to wish him well and give him some going away gifts.
Among the presents was the numbers 6 and 7 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard, and a variety of T-shirts from the vintage Maddon collection, including the ubiquitous “Try Not To Suck” T.
Was Maddon hoping the legendary Scully would say “try not to suck” on the air for perhaps the first time in his career?
“It would definitely put a spike in the sales,” Maddon said.
After thinking about it for a second, Maddon decided such language was “not in (Scully’s) bailiwick.”
Monday, August 08, 2016
I will miss them both.
It was one legend saying hello—and goodbye—to another Sunday when the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz visited the Dodger Stadium press box for hugs and handshakes with longtime broadcaster Vin Scully.
Ortiz is in his 20th and final season with the Red Sox. Scully is in his 67th and final season behind the microphone for the Dodgers. The powerhouse duo met before the series finale between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
In a video clip of the meeting Sunday, provided by the Dodgers, Ortiz told Scully, “We all love you. We’re all going to miss you.”
for his generous support.
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