The Tao of Vin Scully X: Ralph Lawler

As a professional play-by-play man, what can you learn about your craft simply by listening to Vin Scully today?

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== Ralph Lawler (linked here), in his 31st season with the Clippers:

“I can tell you, I am in virtual awe of Vin. They simply don’t make them like him anymore. He is one of the last of the great voices of the profession. Not only a great voice, but the ability to use it to help him tell and color a story.

“He’s had some great Dodger teams to describe and some that were not so great, but the quality of his work and his preparation and dedication to detail has never waivered. He also has an unreal memory and a unique ability to ‘Google’ his memory-bank for the right anecdote at just the perfect time.

“Baseball games are as unpredictable as games in any sport, but he always seems to have just the ideal story to tell to help listeners and viewers better appreciate and enjoy the game.

“Broadcasters young and old should listen to him wheverever possible. It’s like taking a graduate course in broadcasting. He offers just the absolutely correct blend of description, entertainment, drama, enthusiasm and Information. He is the master story-teller that our profession has ever seen or heard. He weaves his stories through the fabric of a game broadcast like no other announcer ever has. It is an absolute art.

“And he is an absolute treasure.”

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