Joe Davis gave us thoughts on Vin Scully two weeks ago, but this is how the new Dodgers play-by-play man ended the SportsNet LA broadcast on Thursday night from San Diego on his last appearance of the season. It includes a special heart-felt message to Scully: “Thank you for making me feel welcome and thank you for teaching about how this job is done. … for the last three games, we’re all going to pull up a chair and soak up every word.”
(Vin Scully’s speech on the 1982 Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y.)
Of all the things that could represent Vin Scully in perpetuity at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., items that could show future generations what he did and what he meant, what would mean the most to his legacy?
Audio clips of his greatest calls are already there. A few other pieces of memorabilia are in the vault as well.
But this one is easy: Flip the name of the Ford C. Frick Award to the Vin Scully Award. More at this link. …
They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the media world, and as Scully approaches his final broadcasts this weekend in San Francisco, they have some personal stories to share:
Matt Vasgersian, the MLB Network and Fox Sports national play-by-play man who turned 49 this week, grew up in Culver City and graduated from USC before calling games for the Milwaukee Brewers (1997-2001) and San Diego Padres (2002-08). He joined the MLB Network for its 2009 launch and has a regular spot with Lauren Shehadi and Mark DeRosa from 7-to-10 a.m. on “MLB Central” each weekday during the season. And because of his role in calling the World Series for the MLB International feed, he ended up calling an inning of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series when Fox temporarily lost its power.
Vasgersian shares his thoughts on Scully:
“Growing up in L.A. and going to USC in the late 1980s, I may have listened more to Angels games because I was an American League kid. The first time I had an opportunity to meet him, I was too shy to say hello. It was my junior year at USC, the summer of 1988, and I won one of those ‘Think Blue’ contests, where you write a 25-word essay about why you want to be a grounds keeper or a scoreboard operator. I wanted to be a radio broadcaster, and the prize was doing a half inning into a tape deck with Al Downing. You got to sit in the press box in an unused booth, and at one point I saw Vin leave his booth for some reason, and he walked past me and smiled and I was star struck and too shy to respond.Continue reading →
They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office, and as Scully approaches his final broadcast in San Francisco on Sunday, they have some stories to share:
Jon SooHoo puts almost daily links on his Twitter account to the Dodgers Photog blog that he empties with shots not just of the Dodgers but also chronicling Vin Scully’s final season.
While others have told their stories about Scully over the years, SooHoo has been able to capture it with his camera, during the last 31 years.
We have been so fortunate to have so many contribute to this series, but the time and effort SooHoo put into this is incredible.
With this very special access and allowing us to see his work, SooHoo says:
As Vin Scully steps down from the microphone to head into retirement, I have been shuffling through the multitude of formats of images I have shot along the way during my 31 years of photographing the Dodgers. Ranging from black and white negative, color negative, color slide and now digital files, these are some of my favorites:
No. 1: I was given the opportunity to photograph the 1988 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the Oval Office with President Ronald Reagan. Scully is sixth from the left. He was a longtime neighbor of President and First Lady Reagan in the Pacific Palisades.
== The collection of Vin Scully-related stories from the week:
= From the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir: “Beyond Baseball, Vin Scully Leaves Behind an Archive of Oddities”
= A tribute from the Jewish Journal: “The High Holy Days recognize the complexity of what it means to be human — our positive and negative inclinations; our yetzer tovand yetzer hara. Both as individuals and as a society, we struggle between the twin poles of these inclinations. How is it, we wonder, that we can long for the simple decency of a figure like Vin Scully, yet so consistently deny ourselves the conditions upon which that decency can thrive? … We are about to lose a man who showed us each night what it means to regard each person as having been created in the image of God, and we may gain a leader who appears to believe that he alone was created in that image.”
(Yes, that last line is a reference to Donald Trump).
= Think anyone at the Jewish Journal would be interested in the fact that the Catholic Athletes for Christ organization has made available a record of Scully reciting the rosary?
= ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” will devote its show Sunday to Scully (6 a.m., ESPN2; 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ESPNEWS
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
= For those who want to relive last Friday’s “Vin Scully Appreciation” night, specifically the nine minutes plus of the Kevin Costner speech. (For what it’s worth, Scully said he had a difficult time hearing Coster speak because he was facing away from him and in a soft voice).
= A soundtrack of Scully singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” which somehow SportsNet LA failed to deliver for all three games last weekend and should be a seventh-inning stretch staple for years to come. Continue reading →