On Opening Day, 2012 at Petco Park in San Diego. (© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012)
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:
(All photos by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016)
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.
No. 2: This is Vin in the radio booth at Holman Stadium in my favorite place, Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.
No. 3: There have been so many special memories at Dodgertown during the Peter O’Malley era. One of the annual events was a Christmas celebration in the middle of the Dodgers Spring Training with Scully in the center of it all. Unlike every other Major League team who had a baseball only complex then housing offsite throughout the surrounding city, Dodgertown was self-contained. All of the coaches, staff, minor leaguers and broadcasters lived on site. Here everyone is gathering for Santa’s arrival, as every child in camp would receive a Christmas gift. Vin participated at this Christmas in 1987.
No. 4: In 2008, when Dodgertown held it’s last Spring Training as the home of the Dodgers, these three gentlemen…Traveling Secretary Billy DeLury, Vin Scully and Dr. Frank Jobe, shared a table at breakfast for one of the very last times.
No. 5: Ross Porter, Jerry Doggett and Vin Scully.
No. 6: Rick Monday, Vin Scully and Charley Steiner,
No. 7: Vin talks to the coaches on the team charter
No. 8: Vin and manager Tommy Lasorda walk on the Old Busch Stadium turf in the 1990s.
No. 9: Vin Scully with the Cubs’ Harry Caray in the 1990s at Wrigley Field.
No. 10: Vin sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field after Harry Caray passed away.
No. 11: Vin has a playful moment with Chick Hearn before taking a portrait with the Lakers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster and eventual Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller in 2000 at the Prime Ticket former studios on Santa Monica Blvd. Here’s the video of that show.
No. 12: Vin Scully with Hall of Famer Jack Buck at Dodger Stadium in the 1990s.
No. 13: With Dick Enberg in the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park on Opening Day, 2016 as both begin their final season of baseball.
No. 14: Vin Scully gets a view of inside the Fenway Park left-field Green Monster during a trip to Boston in 2004 during interleague play.
No. 15: In 2008, the L.A. Coliseum put up a plaque for Vin Scully in the peristyle entrance for his contributions to the stadium’s history. Walter O’Malley also received a plaque that day.
No. 16: In 2001, the Dodgers renamed the press box in his honor.
No. 17: A sit-down interview with Sandy Koufax, at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
No. 18: Rather than make the throw of the ceremonial first pitch in 2014, Vin Scully drops it into Sandy Koufax’s glove.
No. 19: In my 31 years, I have never seen a rainbow during a home game at Dodger Stadium. This one came out for the first Vin Scully Bobblehead Day in 2012. It was so incredible, the team made another bobblehead giveaway commemorating it later.
No. 20: Later in the press box, Vin Scully acknowledges his family on the field in 2012.
No. 21: Vin Scully speaks to the fans attending Dodgers FanFest last February. Given unfettered access to the Dodgers’ world, angles like this are accessible.
No. 22: The 2016 team portrait taken last month became a surprise when everyone put up a Vin Scully mask. Vin, in the center, gives a shrug.
No. 23: John Williams conducts part of the L.A. Philharmonic during “Vin Scully Appreciation Day” last Friday.
No. 24: Vin Scully watches the video board during his ceremony last Friday, giving me an opportunity to capture this quiet moment. I can’t believe this is the end.
No. 25: Vin and Sandi Scully walk off the field for the last time. What a precious moment.
No. 26: The players salute Vin Scully after winning the 2016 NL West title last Sunday. It was truly an amazing weekend to end an amazing career at Dodger Stadium.
And now there are three more games in San Francisco…