The Tao of Vin Scully XX: Spero Dedes

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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== Spero Dedes (linked here), the Lakers’ radio voice for the last six seasons, and play-by-play on the NFL and college basketball for CBS, and, like Scully, a Fordham University graduate:

“I’m not ashamed to admit that baseball has never been my most passionate sport. I grew up in a Greek-American household where soccer and basketball were king, followed by pro football. But when I’m flipping through the channels and Vin Scully is on the air, I stop and listen. His voice makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. His mastery of his craft is both inspiring and intimidating at the same time.

“What I’ve always admired most about Vin was his command of the big moment — the moments that are forever frozen in time. It’s the common denominator among the all-time guys: Vin, Chick, Marv and whoever else is on that list.

“On a personal level I’ll never forget the day I met Vin in September of 2005 up in the booth before a Dodgers game. I spent 10 minutes with him. It felt like I had known him for 10 years. He makes you feel that comfortable and that special. I’m one of the millions profoundly impacted by Vin. He will forever be the king.”

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