They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office. As a week-long tribute to Scully ends at Dodger Stadium with the last of his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:
Steve Brener’s bio as president of BZAPR.com explains how the Grant High, L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge grad joined the Dodgers’ public relations/publicity staff in 1970 and when he was promoted to director of publicity at the age of 24, he was the youngest at his job in MLB history. He had an 18 year run with the team before eventually creating his own PR company with partner Toby Zwikel, and his career has circled back to working for the Dodgers — this year, in particular, organizing Scully interview requests.
Brener shares these reflections:
“Many of us have grown up remembering many a night where we tucked that transistor radio under our pillow with it tuned to the voice of Vin Scully and Dodger baseball. This usually happened after dinner and an evening of home work as well to be prepared for another day of school.
“This is how my love affair with Scully and the Dodgers was born. And then when I was fortunate enough to work for the Dodgers in 1970, I was also introduced to this ‘voice.’ And now I had the unbelievable opportunity to work with the man.
“One thing I have always admired about Vin is the fact that he is always prepared and he has the greatest recall of anyone I have ever been around. This man prepares for each game during the day and he gets to the stadium anywhere from three to four hours before the game to do more homework and preparation. You talk about impressive. Each broadcast is a masterpiece and it shows. I’ve never seen Vin have a bad day at the ballpark.
“I have been most fortunate to work closely with Vin this past season in handling his schedule. I’ve also spent time with Vin, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner at dinner at each home game. What a treat! Vin telling one story after another. Jackie Robinson, who had never ice skated before in his life, challenging Vin to a race in the Catskills. Vin calling his first football game on top of the roof of the press box at Fenway Park between Boston University and Maryland. Vin didn’t bring his jacket because he thought he was going to be inside the press box and the elements taken care of. It didn’t turn out that way.
“Or Vin recalling walking by that Chinese Laundry on Oct. 2, 1936, when he was about nine years old and seeing the line score of the Yankees win over the Giants, 18-4. He fell in love with Mel Ott and the Giants and now his last game with the Dodgers will be against the Giants.
“Vin always says he is most thankful to the man above for giving him the time and opportunity to do what he does so well. We should be the ones that are thankful that God has given us the greatest baseball broadcaster in history. We have been truly blessed to listen to and be touched by the Babe Ruth of the past 67 years. Thank you Vin. May you enjoy the years ahead with your lovely wife, Sandi, and your family.”