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Updated on January 14, 2015

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.

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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

Vin Scully sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a game in 2006.
Vin Scully sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a game in 2006. | Source


  1. He's been the voice of the Dodgers for 60 years.
  2. He paints a vivid picture with his voice so listeners can "see" the game.
  3. He starts every broadcast with a warm, "Hello, everybody, and a very pleasant afternoon/evening to you, wherever you may be."
  4. He teaches you baseball history and makes it FUN.
  5. He's incredibly humble, insisting that other announcers equally deserve the accolades he receives.
  6. 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.
  7. "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." ~ Vin Scully after Gibson Home Run
  8. He still sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with gusto, every game.
  9. He doesn't talk to a color guy. He talks to YOU.
  10. "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!

What apocalypse?

"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: The Vin Scully Story
Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

"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 Contact Info

Here's where to write to Vin Scully:

Vin Scully

c/o Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Stadium

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!

See Also...

Jackie Robinson: The Story of an American Hero
On April 15th, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson stepped onto a baseball diamond in Brooklyn, New York. That was a few years after African-American soldiers came...

© 2009 Ellen Brundige

Guestbook for Vin Scully Fans - NOTE: VIN SCULLY DOES NOT READ THIS PAGE!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great stuff! Scully is without question the best there ever was, and probably ever will be! 40-years ago I was an aspiring sportscaster who dreamed of someday being the next Vin Scully. Well, Scully is still broadcasting Dodger games, and I left sportscasting 26-years ago! I envy the person who someday will get to go through old Dodger broadcasts to make a Scully hi-light CD. The CD could last for days. How you could narrow it down to 60-90 minutes. Wish the job could be mine. I would feel like I were in heaven.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Being from Los Angeles and having been to many a game, I am very familiar with Vin Scully's voice. I have certainly enjoyed hearing him call more than a few games. Well done.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Vin Scully is a legend here in Los Angeles. My kitchen window has a view of the hills on the other side of Dodger stadium, so we see the fireworks and the blimp over the ballpark. Nice work, as always. I'm featuring your lens on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I am heart broken that Nomar is not in his prime anymore. That game two years ago when Vin said, "Nomar did it!" and we won against the Padres (I think) still gives me chills. 4 home runs and a hit by Nomar. My friend was at that game and she told me the parking lot crowd was incredibly wild after the game. People were so jazzed. Vin is the best baseball announcer ever in baseball.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens on a great announcer. I love his colorful stories and I recently added a post on Scully to my Baseball Fever blog:

      http://www.baseball-fever.cjrtools.com/files/vin-s...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I never appreciated baseball until I moved to Los Angeles and heard Vin announce it. Actually, he storytells it. He introduces players with a rich colorful history and describes each play with wholely unique fanciful imagery and his love of the game is downright contageous. Thank you, Vin Scully, you're the heart of baseball!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Vinnie should be in the real Hall of Fame, not just one of many who have won the Ford Frick award. How can Bowie Kuhn be in the real hall and Vin confined to the broadcasters' wing?

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Nice tribute to an American Baseball Icon. Angel Blessings :)

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      @VarietyWriter2: Whew, thank you so much for all your pixie dust! I can hear the flutter of angel wings around my head. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Mr. Scully. My name is Merry and my husband Tommy is a HUGE fan of yours. He is a huge Dodger fan altogether. He even has a Dodger tattoo on his left arm. He's been listening to you for years, and talks about you constantly and how much he admires you. In fact, his father used to teach your kids in school. His father's name was George McMonigal. One of my dreams for him, in his life, is to meet you. He would just be beside himself if that was to happen. He's not in good health, and each day is a blessing for us both. I know how busy you must be, but if there was ever a time that it could be possible to meet him, just a hello and a handshake, that would just be the best gift he could ever get. My husband is the most wonderful man. A wonderful father and my very best friend. I can't imagine a life without him, and wanting to give him everything he could ever want, would be a dream of mine. Thank you for all you do. Giving so much to everyone out there. You've touched so many lives, especially Tommy, my husband, and I can't Thank you enough for that. God Bless you. Merry McMonigal. You can reach me at pergergal@gmail.com. Or phone me @ 949.235.5173, 949.859.4811.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Hi, Merry! I'm the author of this webpage, and I'm just a fan like your husband -- Mr. Scully doesn't know me, and probably doesn't even know this webpage exists. That's a really sweet story. I suggest you write to Vin Scully using the contact info I gave above. (I found it on the Dodger website). He's very busy, but he did send me a thank you postcard when I sent him fan mail a few years ago. Your story is very touching, and who knows, he might do more for something this important! Good luck!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Mr. Scully

      As I sit here listening to you I have great memories which build everyday. I have been watching and listening to you since I was very young. My dad and I would drink ice tea and watch the Dodgers. The sound of your voice makes me feel very happy. My mom who turned 78 this year watches/listens to you every chance she has. She watches on our local channel and then the re-broadcast on the sports channels. If ever you are in Redlands, California we would love to meet you. How exciting would that be for all of us. Thank you for taking your time to read this. For whatever reason I felt the need to let you know I was thinking of you this evening. Very sincerely, Sheila Harbert 909 844-9002

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just wanted you to know that my screen saver on my computer is a picture of you and my grandson-in-law, Jeremy Ward, a videograhpher. I'm 75 years old and have been

      a Dodger fan for more years than I can remember. Blessings. KDiamond

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your call of Kirk Gibson's 1984 home run off Gossage is what I remember the most as a die-hard Tiger fan. I was 12 years old. With the Tigers winning 5-3 in the 8th the Tigers had runners on 2nd and 3rd. Dick Williams (Padres managers) motions to the Goose to intentionally walk Gibson. The "Goose" convinces Williams that he can strike Gibson out. Well we all know what happens ... and you said it best as Gibson's homer left his bat: "AND THERE IT GOES....." What was so poetic was that after you said "And there it goes..." you didn't speak another word for 2 full batters ... you simply let the crowd take it from there. Honest to God ... poetic. And, then the very next sentence you said was "For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'." That homer finished off the Padres who went down 1-2-3 in the 9th. Thanks soooo much for a memory that I will take with me into eternity. Now, on a final note, as a guy whose youth was in the 1980s ALL of the classic baseball calls that I remember in my youth are from you !! The 84 Tigers, 86 Mets, 88 Dodgers. Erinie Harwell had me on the radio, you had me on the TV. Both of you are pure legends and I thank you for using the gift God gave you to entertain and inspire me. Without your voice those moments would NOT have been the same. Thank you and God bless !!!

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @anonymous: This is lovely story! But note that this webpage is only seen by FANS of Vin Scully. The great man himself probably doesn't know about this page. If you want to send him your thoughts, please use the contact info above.

      I am the author of this webpage, but I'm in no way affiliated with Vin. I'm just a fan, like you. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent lens....very enjoyable reading!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      As a lifelong Angeleno, Vin Scully is the only baseball voice I know.

      This fantastic bio lens has been Angel-blessed and will be featured at SquidAngel At Your Service.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am sitting here listening to the two TV announcers for the Dodgers (who announce when the Dodgers are out of town) and thinking that If they don't find someone else like Vin Scully who can enunciate and actually call every play instead of droning on and talking amongst themselves, I will be losing a lot of interest in the Dodgers once Vinnie finally retires. I miss "the voice" terribly whenever the Dodgers are on the road without him.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with Carol. If I were an ambitious young person desirous of a career in broadcasting, I would without a doubt model, myself after Vinny. Why isn't there someone, somewhere, who is doing just that. IF there is, we need them here, learning from the master. How much longer will Mr. Scully be willing to share his time with us?

      We learned this week, that McCourt hasn't paid him around $150k. Yet listen to a broadcast and you WILL NOT hear a biased comment about management, not a hidden snipe nor even a hint of the troubled times. Vinny is everything that McCourt is not. HE is the class of the Dodgers that McCourt could never have been. HE is the tradition of the Dodgers that McCourt has leached upon and (seemingly) tried to destroy. HE (hopefully) will talk us through this crisis and into a future of hope and the Dodgers' return to greatness.

      I hope somehow, Mr. Scully is aware of the gratitude of all Dodger fans and how important he is to us ⦠yes ⦠everyday, but even more so in our time of Dodgers crisis. Thank you a million times, Vin. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Vin..I am a NY Met fan and have the baseball package. I had to write to you to thank you so much for your professional, unbiased, educated, unassuming, knowledgeable TV commentating. You are a pleasure to listen to and a credit to the game of baseball. You put so much time into your broadcasts and are by far my favorite announcer. Thank you for you. Sincerely, Karen Reilly

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Live in Connecticut. Big Red Sox and I enjoy listening to the announcer's in my area. But there is nothing like listening to Vin Scully. I normally get to listen to him a few times a year and it is always a treat. As an aspiring announcer I try to soak in all I can about announcing him. Major League Baseball should do us all a favor and put home Dodger games on national TV and let the country listen to Vin because we may never have an announcer like him again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Vinny, my name is Connie Snyder, and I started listening to you with my dad when the Dodgers came to the Colosium, I am now 79 years old and wouldn't miss a Dodger game when you are broadcasting. There are a lot of great sportcasters, but you and Chick Hearn bring something to a game, that no one else has achieved. It is so interesting to hear you tell the stories about each player, I don't know how you remember even with the research. Love you, don't stop or baseball will never seem the same to me.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Being from the Midwest and a lifelong Cubs fan (I still miss Harry Carey), I do catch an occasional Dodgers game on the MLB channel, and I could listen to Vin Scully all day long. What a voice and knowledge of baseball. Great lens you have here!

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      BruceJackson1 5 years ago

      Keeping Vin was great! What happened to the Dodger Dogs, though?

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      elibenporat 5 years ago

      Love Vince Scully! Go Matt Kemp and the Dodgers :) I love his old-school style.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've followed the career of Vin Scully since my teens growing up in New York State where I was a fan of the BROOKLYN Dodgers! He's an amazing sportscaster and a true blue dodger fan. I have a warm place in my heart for (radio) broadcasters, having married one. I was also a very big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster, Jack Buck. Keep 'em coming, Vin!

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      brumot 5 years ago

      When the score and count go 2-2, 2&2 in the 2nd, it'd "deuces wild". How can you not love Vin?

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      brumot 5 years ago

      When the score and count go 2-2, 2&2 in the 2nd, it'd "deuces wild". How can you not love Vin?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Vin is the poet laureate of sportscasters. I recall a long rain delay when Vinny took to storytelling. He was so interesting that it was almost disappointing when the rain stopped and the game renewed. Importantly, he's not a "Homer". He reports every good play, no matter which team performs it, sound the same. I'm a lifelong Dodger fan, but I don't need a cheerleader to tell me how to respond to the game. Thanks to Vin for decades of pure enjoyment!

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      BallparkEGuides1 4 years ago

      Outstanding lens. I love Vin Scully... the man is an artist and the broadcast is a nightly canvas. He alone is worth tuning in to Dodger games, even on the east coast like I am.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I was so pleased to hear that Vin Scully will be back (once again) as the Voice of the Dodgers next season. He's an amazing man and a fantastic broadcaster. (Sorry my STL Cardinals beat out your Dodgers in the playoffs this year!). :)

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      Ellen Brundige 2 years ago from California

      Hello there! Heh, yes, it seems all my baseball friends are fans of a rival team -- luckily we all enjoy baseball and understand. ;) Vin is still going; I think he wants to hang on until he can call another World Series. Wish poor Clayton would get over whatever the heck hits him in the postseason to give Vin that chance!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Yes, Clayton does seem to get bogged down when it comes to 'crunch time'. But then, my Cardinals as a whole team didn't fare well against the Giants this week! Oh well, now I'll cheer for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series as my son lives in KC and I used to live in Missouri! I was actually AT the Opening Game of the last World Series the Royals were in 29 years ago (1985). They played the Cardinals that time and we 'almost' had a repeat performance! :)

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      Michael 14 months ago

      Dodger Broadcaster, Vin Scully, will retire this year. He deserves to be recognized as one of America’s great Artists. I make my case by combining clips from Scully, transcripts of his calls, and my own interpretation of his artistry.

      I have spent years on this. I invite you to visit my site. Listening to Scully guarantees a worthwhile trip to the web presentation. Perhaps my analysis will make for a deeper appreciation of his work. I would appreciate any comments that you might have.

      You can find the website at: http://bit.ly/VinScully_TheMastersTouch

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      Wednesday-Elf 14 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Delighted to see Vin Scully back at the microphone calling the Dodgers play-by-play again this year. He's absolutely amazing.

      I just saw that the new address of Dodger Stadium is now 1000 Vin Scully Avenue. What a wonderful honor to a terrific guy who has devoted his life to Dodger baseball!

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