Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers
Vin Scully responds to the fans at Cambleback Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., days after he had a fall at home that required stiches and left him with a bruised arm.
Spinning off today’s Q-and-A (linked here), more from the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster:
From Eli Van Sickel of Terre Haute, Indiana:
Q: Is there a moment in sports history that you wish you could have called?
Scully: From doing a perfect game in the World Series, holy mackerel, not really. If I’m thinking of things that were looked upon as important games, many of them are glamorous and exciting, but actually the other one I’m proud to have done was Henry Aaron’s 715th home run (in 1974) because of the sociological impact of it. That was the single most important moment I’ve ever seen.
From Lou Marino, Sr., of Santa Clarita:
Q: It is so obvious to so many others and me that Gil Hodges belongs in the Hall of Fame. Is there anything that those of us who strongly agree with you can do to have this injustice corrected?
Scully: I appreciate that. I don’t really know because I think everything that’s been imagined can be done. That’s one of the great mysteries to me. Everyone admired him so much and when you realize he spent several years in World War II, his statistics are very much the same, or better, than (Cincinnati first baseman) Tony Perez, who has been voted in. To me, that’s one of the amazing questions that I’ve never had answered.
From Art Ram, Los Angeles:
Q: Do you still have any relationship with the borough of Brooklyn?
Scully: Not really. I don’t go back there, and really don’t have any relatives or close friends there
From Geff Maron of Winnetka:
Q: Do you have any interesting stories to share while performing in your Barbershop Quartet?
Scully: Maybe the most interesting thing was the title — the Shaving Mugs. That was a good one. I still love to hear it. In “The Music Man,” there’s some good barbershop there. I’ve also been to SPEBSQSA — the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (linked here) … yup, SPEBSQSA.
More questions …
Q: You get to call one game in a ballpark or stadium: Which one?
A: I always liked the smaller stadiums like Ebbets Field and Wrigley Field. Maybe Wrigley always intrigued me more because it never seemed like any lead was safe. It was so colorful and passionate and the bleacher bums and so much going on. In Ebbets, you had fans there who you were aware of their presence. But then, you’d come to the Coliseum, and there was this fellow playing the trumpet and the “Da-da-da-da- ta-daaaaa! Charge” and the Dodger fans would cheer. I didn’t realize it then but that was picked up on the broadcast microphones, including the visiting teams, so they’d here it and it just spread from there. That was an interesting phenomenon.
Q: If Red Barber was your father figure in broadcasting, and Connie Desmond was like an older brother, how do you describe Jerry Doggett as part of your family of baseball and the years you worked with him?
Scully: He was my best firend and certainly like a brother. I know I got an awful lot of plaudance, but that kind of left him in the shadows. I don’t think he had a jealous bone in his body. He was the best human being. I really loved him. On the road we spent the most time, since he lived in Orange County. We’d meet in the mornings for breakfast, walk around, have lunch, go to the park together, have dinner and a drink after. We were together all the time, playing golf, where he’d easily beat me. We were inseperable in every way.