They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the media. As Scully heads into his final broadcast at San Francisco on Sunday, here are some more of their stories:
Brian Wheeler, the play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers since 1998, is someone whose life story, when told recently by The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian, was under the headline “An All-Too-Real Cinderella Story.” “Wheels,” as he is called, had put a streak of more than 1,350 consecutive games for the Blazers.
He read many of the previous Vin Scully media tributes and was nice enough to contribute this to add to the collection — and perhaps give some advice to Joe Davis about how to step into the booth that Vin Scully once did and carry on a traditon with the listening audience:
“I was fortunate to be a young sports fan, growing up in L.A. in the early to mid-’70s. Unlike today, each local team didn’t televise any of their home games, and most didn’t even televise that many games period.
“I lived in Hollywood so was a Dodgers’ fan primarily when it came to baseball. I remember they would televise every Sunday road game, and all the road games with the Giants. Came to about 25 total most seasons. I had a good friend who was also a big Dodgers’ fan, and we got to go to a lot of games at Dodger Stadium since his dad had always been a fan too. His dad would bring his transistor radio, insisting we had to listen to Vin or we wouldn’t really know what was going on. I thought it strange at first, but while we were in our seats if it was quiet enough, you could hear the echo of Vin’s voice from all the other fans that decided to bring their transistor radios too. Vin must have known about this phenomenon.
“I remember during one home game he was giving the explanation of a convoluted baseball rule. When he was done, he paused and said, ‘Oh, sure, I know you knew that, but what about her sitting over there?’ It was as if he were right in the seat next to us, and I began to understand why so many folks felt the need to bring a radio with them to the ballpark. If they hadn’t, it would been like leaving a good friend home, and who’d want to do that? Continue reading