It took him 88 years, but Vin Scully finally made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
SI senior writer Tom Verducci profiles the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster for this week’s issue of the magazine. Tim O’Brien did the cover art. You can read the story here.
(Also, note that the Rampaging Cubs are the last great American sports story. I’m moving to Canada. Nothing great for me to write here anymore.)
If you go to the official White House website today, you’ll find a petition to award Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here’s what it reads:
Vin Scully, is quite simply, a national treasure. This year marks his 67th and final season as a Dodgers broadcaster, starting his career when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He is our national pastime’s greatest ambassador, an educator who imparts fans with the wealth of knowledge about the game and its players that he has accumulated over his illustrious career, and the voice of not just Dodger baseball, but all of baseball. No person living today more perfectly symbolizes what is great and admirable about our national pastime, and for this, we request that President Obama honor his indelible contributions to American culture with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The petition has a goal of 100,000 signatures by May 15. Since it was created today, there’s a long way to go.
The Dodgers’ bullpen squandered another lead Tuesday. Only the opponent and venue changed from the general plotline the Dodgers observed in San Francisco. The game story is here. The box score is here.
If you drive into Dodger Stadium, you’ll notice that the “Vin Scully Avenue street signs” made it through City Hall’s red tape in time for Opening Day.
Colleague David Montero was on hand for the unveiling ceremony — along with Scully himself — on Monday. You can read his story here.