As Larry Thornberry informed us last night, Vin Scully will be broadcasting Dodger games in 2015. As Larry noted, the announcement was made by Dodger players Hyun-Jin Ryu in Korean, Yasiel Puig in Spanish and Justin Turner in English in between innings of last night’s Dodgers-Braves game. It will be his 66th year in that capacity.
In this mad, mad, mad world, this is the one development that never fails to bring a smile to my face and I am far from alone in this feeling.
Yet to give one a sense of how long Scully has been a part of our national consciousness let me turn back the clock to 1964 some eight years before I was born. On Sunday night, following the Dodgers sweep of the Giants, I watched an episode of The Fugitive starring the late David Janssen. During the episode there is a scene in a diner. The diner has a TV on and there is a game between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves. Maury Wills is at bat for the Dodgers and Warren Spahn is pitching for the Braves. And who is calling the action? Why none other than Vin Scully. (You can hear Scully’s voice about six and a half minutes into the clip). Even Dr. Kimble couldn’t escape the voice of Vin Scully.
This is absolutely mind blowing. Who could have imagined in 1964 that Vin Scully would still be broadcasting Dodgers-Braves games in 2014?
Well, let’s sit down, pull up a chair and enjoy this for as long as we can.