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NY Times: Keeping Scully in Dodgers’ Booth Is Baseball’s Easiest Call

Keep Scully away from John “Toaster” Strubel!

Because Scully is a finely tuned human wayback machine, he slickly shifted from discussing Michaels to discussing the 1936 World Series between the Yankees and the Giants, when he became a baseball fan.

“I was walking home from grammar school and walked past a Chinese laundry, which had the line score,” he said, recalling a strip of paper “probably eight inches wide” taped to the storefront window.

“I stopped to look and the Yankees were beating the Giants something like 18-6” - it was 18-4, in Game 2, played at the Polo Grounds, about a mile from his school. “And as a little child, I thought to myself, Oh, those poor Giants. So I became a rabid Giants fan.”

Later that fall, he said, “I wrote a composition for the good nuns saying that when I grow up, I wanted to be a sportscaster.” ...

He said he was not dismayed by the financial frolics of McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie, which partly drained the Dodgers’ coffers. McCourt’s blood feud with baseball led him to put the team into bankruptcy.

“The way I always look at it is that I’m in the boiler room of the ship, stoking the coal that makes the engine go,” Scully said. “What happens on the bridge where the captain is is of no affair of mine. I only care about what goes on between the lines.

“But as a human being, I felt very sad for the McCourts. Here’s a couple married for 30 years with four fine sons; they wind up with money and fame and it explodes in their faces. That’s my No. 1 feeling. I have overwhelming respect for the sanctity of marriage.”

 

bobm Posted: May 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, dodgers, history

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM (#4128006)
...the 1936 World Series between the Yankees and the Giants, when he became a baseball fan.
“I was walking home from grammar school and walked past a Chinese laundry, which had the line score,” he said, recalling a strip of paper “probably eight inches wide” taped to the storefront window.


Ancient Chinese Selkirk, huhhh?
   2. Dale H. Posted: May 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM (#4128018)
I love the fact that when I read the quotes in the article, I read them in Vin Scully's unmistakeable cadence and voice.
   3. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:07 AM (#4128019)
Psh. I read everything in Vin Scully's unmistakeable cadence and voice.
   4. Tuque Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM (#4128021)
Holy #### Vin Scully is the most amazing person I've ever heard of. This article is astonishing. This man is a poet and a saint, and remarkably well-preserved.
   5. TomH Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:16 AM (#4128026)
This year I want to see Stan Musial stroll up to the plate to hit and let Vinny create a call about a double or triple in the gap.
   6. boteman is here Posted: May 10, 2012 at 07:11 AM (#4128029)
Get it while it lasts.
   7. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4128475)
Primey for #1

Vin Scully is a national treasure. I will always remember his voice jumping an octave and raising a decibel when the parachute guy landed during Game 6 of the '86 Series...and of course, "Behind the BAG..." from later that same night.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4128557)
Psh. I read everything in Vin Scully's unmistakeable cadence and voice


Oh really?

Beano Cook is naked. Beano Cook is naked.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4128560)
Vin Scully is a national treasure. I will always remember his voice jumping an octave and raising a decibel when the parachute guy landed during Game 6 of the '86 Series...and of course, "Behind the BAG..." from later that same night


the line that stands out for me in that game, besides "Behind the BAG..." is his comment about how '56,429 (whatever) here in attendance tonight at Shea, and BOY, have they been put through the ringer.'
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4128566)
Beano Cook is naked. Beano Cook is naked


Mel Allen's voice for me.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4128567)
I read everything in the cadence and voice of Harry Shearer doing Vin Scully's voice.

Beano Cook is naked. Beano Cook is naked


Mel Allen's voice for me.


How bout that!
   12. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: May 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4128572)
"In the year of the improbable, the impossible has happened!"
   13. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4128622)
The entire ninth inning call of Sandy Koufax's perfect game, written out. Reading it, you have to keep reminding yourself that Scully was doing this off the cuff, no prepared statements, no idea that Koufax was going to be spinning perfection, and he just paints a masterpiece worthy of a perfect game.
The Dodgers defensively in this spine-tingling moment: Sandy Koufax and Jeff Torborg. The boys who will try and stop anything hit their way: Wes Parker, Dick Tracewski, Maury Wills and John Kennedy; the outfield of Lou Johnson, Willie Davis and Ron Fairly. And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.
He calls always have this little flourish, some wonderful little descriptor that raises it above a straight call. It's never something that calls attention to himself — there's no "look at me!" calls like you'd get from Sterling or Harrelson — just little notes that help you see and feel a game in a way that no one else can.

Yes, I'm completely worshipful of Scully. I think it's totally justified.
   14. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4128645)
Vin Scully is a national treasure. I will always remember his voice jumping an octave and raising a decibel when the parachute guy landed during Game 6 of the '86 Series...and of course, "Behind the BAG..." from later that same night.

A pitch or two earlier:

"Can you BEE-lieve this ballgame at Shea?"

Garagiola: "Oh, brother."

And (non-baseball category), at the end of an impeccable, nobody-can-do-it-better previous three minutes at Candlestick:

"CLARK caught it!! DWIGHT Clark!!!!"
   15. Flynn Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:06 PM (#4128652)
It's a madhouse at Candlestick!
   16. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4128656)
In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!
Scully recalls the moment (audio):
I don't know where it came from, but out came a line that later on I thought only could've come from The Boss. That line, 'In a year of the improbable, the impossible has happened'—which was a pretty good line—it just totally came out of nowhere. My heart, that's where it came from, and God helped me out."
   17. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4128660)
He calls always have this little flourish, some wonderful little descriptor that raises it above a straight call. It's never something that calls attention to himself — there's no "look at me!" calls like you'd get from Sterling or Harrelson — just little notes that help you see and feel a game in a way that no one else can.

Jim Nantz or Sterling could spend three weeks locked up in a hotel room ordering room service and not be able to come up with what Scully ad-libbed right before The Catch:

"The football is at the six-yard-line. Talk about six, Tom Landry is six yards away from his sixth Super Bowl ... [just the right amount of pause] ... and, of course, for the upstart Forty-Niners, they're six yards away from Pontiac." [Ends the perfect time before the ball is snapped.]



   18. cardsfanboy Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4128679)
[just the right amount of pause]


That pretty much eliminates most current day broadcasters from ever reaching his heights. I honestly think the networks have a sharpshooter pointed at the broadcasters family and say "he shoots if there is more than 2 seconds of dead air"(only exception they seem to allow is after a post season series winner)
   19. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4128681)
Jon Miller does a great impersonation of Scully. There's a clip out there somewhere where Miller talked about how Scully was so influential a baseball voice that announcers in Japan and Mexico were aping Scully's distinct style.

EDIT: Found it, WAV file here.
   20. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4128689)
I'll add on to the man-pile of love for Scully.
   21. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4128758)
History's greatest American; Vin Scully or Sean Forman?
   22. Ben V-L Posted: May 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM (#4128884)
Not to mention America's greatest historian.

   23. TerpNats Posted: May 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM (#4128973)
The first MLB game Scully ever broadcast was a 1950 Brooklyn spring training game against the Philadelphia Athletics and manager Connie Mack. Two weeks ago, he called Bryce Harper's major-league debut in a game where Stephen Strasburg was pitching. And he broadcast more than 30 games from Braves Field in Boston. I can't say the guy has seen it all, but he's sure darned close.

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