Vin Scully Fanpage
A Silver Tongue from the Golden Age of Radio
For 64 years, Vin Scully (b. Nov. 27, 1927) has been the broadcaster for the the Dodgers -- in Brooklyn, in Los Angeles -- for every home game, and many away games. He started his Dodger career alongside radio legend Red Barber in 1950.
Players have come and gone. Legends have played out in the storied ballparks of Ebbets Field and Dodger Stadium. One silver voice has been there to chronicle all the heartbreaks and historic moments: all of the Dodgers' World Series victories (one in Brooklyn, five in LA), Hank Aaron's 715th homer to break Babe Ruth's record, the Kirk Gibson Home Run, and Sandy Koufax's magical no-hitters and perfect game (Site: The Sounds of Baseball).
Recommended Link: Vin Scully Audio Highlights from Jackie Robinson to Kirk Gibson.
Right: Photomanip based on a Vin Scully photo by Jorge Mir, Creative Commons.
Vin Scully's Top 5 Calls - "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened"
Vin Scully, Bard of Baseball
The Voice of the Dodgers Through Six Decades
If the crowd is the tenth man, then Vin Scully has been his bench coach for sixty years.
Vin Scully normally works solo, an artifact from a bygone era. Although his broadcast is now for television not radio (simulcasted on radio for the first three innings), and he no longer paints a picture with words so that his listeners can visualize every twist of the game, he still delights Dodgers fans with his verbal poetry, capturing a moment in a metaphor.
Ten reasons to love Vin Scully
- He's been the voice of the Dodgers for 60 years.
- He paints a vivid picture with his voice so listeners can "see" the game.
- He starts every broadcast with a warm, "Hello, everybody, and a very pleasant afternoon/evening to you, wherever you may be."
- He teaches you baseball history and makes it FUN.
- He's incredibly humble, insisting that other announcers equally deserve the accolades he receives.
- He's delighted by any good play and gives a balanced assessment of every player and team; he's not a "homer" like so many modern broadcasters.
- "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." ~ Vin Scully after Gibson Home Run
- He still sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with gusto, every game.
- He doesn't talk to a color guy. He talks to YOU.
- "And now, it's time for... Dodger Baseball!"
Vin Scully Takes Over Twitter with #AJEllis
Behold the power of Vin Scully!
Aug 2, 2012: Vin doesn't really understand Twitter and isn't even on it, but at a word, he can get an obscure player trending. Screencap of Twitter which I took during tonight's game:
(See "The Power of Scully": funny MLB video clip of Vin's broadcast which set this off.)
Vin Scully Recaps Dodgers' 2011 Season [9.24.11] - Vin Scully's opinion of Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw
Vin Returns in 2012!
"Every year... a nice lady in Woodland Hills named Mrs. Marti Squires sends me some chocolate-chip cookies. This year when she sent them in the letter it said, 'This is a bribe to get you to come back next year.'
[...] God's been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things that I've always wanted to do. I asked him, 'One more year at least?' and he said, 'Okay, and be quiet and eat your cookie.'"
- Vin @ Dodgers broadcast 8/26/11
VIn Scullyisms: Vin Scully Quotes
Collected by fans during broadcasts
For some years, Dodgers fans have been collecting "Vin Scullyisms". Here is a list of some of the best Vin Scully from that thread -- actually, crzblue lifted that list from an earlier version of MY page, heh.
And here's a few I've transcribed myself while listening to broadcasts:
"Bud Black is out to argue and to calm down his pitcher. The Dodgers have already stolen his wallet and are working on his watch."
"That thing died of exhaustion on the way to short. I mean, you could lose a poodle in that stuff."
"Juan Pierre is going steady with the left field pole."
"Rowand fought the wall, and the wall won."
To some of the older players in an Opening Day ceremony: "There are three stages in life -- youth, maturity, and 'you-look-wonderful.' Gentlemen, may I just say, you look wonderful."
"Have you ever thought of asking, 'Manny, how did your hair get that way?' Maybe I'll get up the nerve to ask him the next time I see him."
"Slow curve-- I'm not sure if they had a speed gun or an egg timer on that one."
[Playoffs in 09] "Eighth inning, a 1-1 tie, 56,000 fans on their feet, and the deuces are as wild as they ever will be!"
"This is a heck of a time for me to be reading this one. The Dodgers invite you to hit, throw, run and swing for the fences--in other words, all the things the Dodgers are not doing tonight."
"His father is six foot eight, but his mother is five foot two. And that would be the long and short of it."
[4/15/2012] "There is nothing like the steady beat of 'ball one' to quiet a crowd."
[5/7/2012] (describing the memorable game in the LA Coliseum honoring Roy Campanella) "I remember thinking, 'That's not a wheelchair; that's a throne.'"
"He weighs 160 with rocks in his pockets."
"Cargo late on a changeup [...] he started that swing sometime late yesterday."
[5/17/12] "Aaron Harang gets a new ball, and he'll have to rub a wrinkle in it."
[6/16/12] "The 1992 season would be the one blot on his escutcheon." (Talking about Tommy LaSorda)
[6/17/12] Describing pitcher Chris Capuano's excellent bunt: "Dropping a poached egg on toast, he moves his runner along."
And there's several good Vin Scully quotes from the 2012 season in this Aug. 26 LATImes story
Vin Scully's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - One of Vin's many awards as an outstanding broadcaster
Vin Scully's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Cavalier92, Creative Commons
That's Our Vin
In 2010, local news stations reported Scully was in the hospital after a fall. In the next broadcast, embarrassed by the attention, he thanked fans and assured us that he was fine:"I'm supposed to cut back on dangling participles, and I'm not allowed to split any infinitives for at least another week."
Award Ceremony at LA Coliseum 2008 - Vin Scully Being Humble, As Usual
"Pull up a chair." Vin Scully always talks on the radio as if he's talking directly to his audience, telling you a marvelous story.
In this brand-new biography of VIn Scully, Curt Smith pins down the self-effacing legend of the airwaves and finally gives us one story that Scully hasn't told: his own.
Vin Scully Fan Tribute
Vin Scully's Commencement Address to Pepperdine - Wise Words from a Lifetime of Joy
Vin Scully Links, Retrospectives and Recordings
- The Quest to Save Vin Scully's Star on the Walk of Fame
Fan blog VinScullyIsMyHomeboy reported that Vin's star had been covered up by a local business with ugly carpet and tape -- and then it was cracked! Fans rallied and started to pay for its repairs and...well, to make a long story short, here, photos
- Vin Scully press conference: August 2010
Vin had thought he'd retire at the end of 2010, but on August 22, 2010 he gave this humble press conference saying he couldn't give up announcing yet and would be back in 2011. He talks about himself a little more than usual in this recording.
- This Week in Baseball on Vin Scully, 2008
Great retrospective of Vin, including the famous Buckner through-the-legs call at the 86 World Series.
- Internet Archive's Vin Scully Highlights
A soundfile montage with short clips of many of Vin's most famous calls.
- Vin Scully Retrospective on dodgers.com
A several-part retrospective of Vin's career up through 2000. Career highlights, excer[ts from speeches. and some great pictures of Vin, Red Barber, and others.
- Traces: Smooth Sounds of Vin Scully
MLB.com does a short on Vin Scully, with a few clips including a Fernando no-hitter, the Dodgers back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers on Sept 18.
- Vin Scully is honored in New York - Video on MLB.com
4.30.08 Vin Scully is honored in New York with the Lifetime Achievement in Sports Broadcasting Award.
- Vin Scully Inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
[4.21.09] Wait... he wasn't inducted already?! Also see the attached video interview of Scully being modest, saying he didn't deserve to be called Top Sportscaster of All-Time (as voted by the American Sportscasters Association this January).
- Sixty Years in Dodgers' Booth, Scully Still in Awe - NYTimes.com
[6.25.10] Great interview with Vin Scully in the NYT right before a Dodgers-Yankees match in 2010. Also see interviewer Tyler Kepner's Vin Scully blog entry the day before with more tidbits (and some better ones) from the the same interview.
- "The Voice of Vin Scully" - 1960 Interview
May 8, 1960: The headline would make any Dodger fan shudder: "Vince Scully Turns Back Pages to Worst Moments Before Mike." The story by The Times' Jeane Hoffman actually was an entertaining conversation with the Dodgers' broadcaster about his career.
Vin Scully Contact Info
Here's where to write to Vin Scully:
c/o Los Angeles Dodgers
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012-1199
You probably won't get a long reply-- Vin gets a lot of fan mail -- but I did receive a signed "thank you" postcard from him when I wrote him a fan letter a few years ago!
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