Vin Scully is “the no-contest hands-down greatest announcer in any sport of all time,” writes Daniel Riley in the October issue of GQ.
Thanks for reinforcing the beliefs of anyone who has ever taken a breath of Southern California air.
Riley says he asked the 83-year-old Baseball Hall of Famer to do him a favor: Recall the greatest baseball moments he’d seen up close.
Like, Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” in 1951 (which he didn’t call, but was present in the Polo Grounds press box doing the Dodgers games with Red Barber): “I guess I thought, ‘I’ll never see anything like that again.’”
Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series: “Today I would say, ‘Call your friends, this fella is pitching a perfect game!’ Anyway, it was just, ‘Foul ball, ball two,’ because we were intimidated by the idea (from media writers) we were talking too much. So I can’t watch it. I was just so dull professionally.”
Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965: “I’ll be honest, it was pretty well done on my part, but I lucked out. It’s kinda like Sandy pitching a perfect game–everything has to happen and that particular night it was pretty good. It could’ve been another night where I was stepping on my tongue and all that stuff. I just always thought God helped me through that.”
Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974: “I guarantee you that’s the longest uninterrupted crowd noise, maybe in the history of sports because there was nothing else to say.”
Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series homer: “That line, ‘In a year of the improbable, the impossible has happened’–which, I must admit, is a pretty good line–it just totally came out of nowhere. My heart, that’s where it came from, and God helped me out.”
Bill Buckner’s error in the 1986 World Series: “the shock of this little ground ball going through his legs, I don’t know how else to describe it. It was a lightning bolt.”
Of course, Scully had more to say about each of those. So savor it yourself (linked here).