On the occasion of Vin Scully’s 90th birthday Wednesday — he says he’ll spend it honoring Jackie Robinson in a Rose Bowl statue ceremony — we go back through the archives to find the nine most memorable columns and stories we have done about or with him over the last 30 years:
== Nov. 28, 2014: On the occasion of his 87th birthday and his reservations about retiring as a broadcaster:
“Remember the book by James Hilton called ‘Shangri-La (a 1933 novel that was made into a Frank Capra movie a short time later called ‘Lost Horizon’ starring Ronald Coleman and Margo Albert)? This plane crashes into the Himalayas of Nepal, and the survivors are met by Sherpa guides who take them off the mountain, during a terrible blizzard. The next thing you know they’re in the most beautiful valley in the whole world, absolutely magnificent — it’s Shangri-La.
“So now one of the survivors falls in love with this gorgeous girl in the valley. Finally, there comes a point when the survivors are restless and want to be rescued. So when they are rescued, this man decides to leave but he wants to take this woman back to civilization.
“When he announces his plan, the High Lama says that he can’t take her away from Shangri-La. He warns him that she is a lot older than she looks. She has only managed to stay her youthful age because she has lived in this valley for so long, and if she leaves, she’ll revert to her real age.
“But the man takes her anyway. And in the movie, there’s the scene where they’re leaving the valley, all dressed in winter clothes. The man is carrying the woman out on his shoulder. And then the camera zooms in on her. From under her hood, you can now see her face — and she looks to be 150 years old.
“I’ve often thought that when the time comes to leave baseball, I’ll have lived this sheltered, lovely existence where grown men leave a child’s game. It’s like Shangri-La. You leave it, and your real age catches up with you.”
== Oct. 2, 2016: His final goodbye during his final broadcast in San Francisco: Continue reading “Vin Scully turns 90: Our top nine quotable story and column memories” »