Vin Scully memories from the media: Derrick Hall

A shot of the Dodgers' press box from the 1990s: Derrick Hall, right, sits next to Jay Lucas as Vin Scully (checkered shirt, center) makes his way to visit with writers such as Gordie Verrell and Terry Johnson. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

A shot of the Dodgers’ press box from the 1990s: Derrick Hall, right, sits next to Jay Lucas as Vin Scully (checkered shirt, center) makes his way to visit with writers such as Gordie Verrell and Terry Johnson. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the team’s media-related world. As a week-long tribute to Scully begins at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:

derrick-hall1It would not have been all the surprising to some if Derrick Hall, the current president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, had emerged as the one who ended up replacing Bud Selig as the MLB Commissioner when the spot opened a couple years back.
Before he received an eight-year contract extension to remain with the franchise, Hall, born in L.A., came up through the Dodgers’ organization, spending 12 seasons with the team, advancing to Senior Vice President of Communications before departing during the McCourt reign in 2004.
With a broadcasting and communications background that led to several on-air TV and radio positions in the L.A. media market, and having no reservations in believing Scully is the greatest broadcaster he has ever heard, Hall has these memories to share: Continue reading

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The last week for Vin Scully at home

ap_746294413025At some point during a week-long series of events to celebrate his final games at Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully might need fans to come to his emotional rescue.
“I think I’ve got them in check, but you never really know,” the Dodgers’ 88-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster said Monday about how sentimentality will factor into the days leading up to when he calls the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game on “Fan Appreciation” game Sunday afternoon, marking the end of the Dodgers’ homestand and his last trip to the Vin Scully Press Box to work as a broadcaster.
“I don’t think I’m going to stress anything about me. I will just try to do the game. I really will. I will concentrate on (the Rockies) as if they’re challenging the Dodgers for first place, and the game will take its place and hopefully carry me along with it to the very end.
“I think I’ll be OK.”
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Vin Scully memories from the media: Fred Claire

They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the team’s media-related world. As a week-long tribute to Scully begins at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:

51ym310p59lLong before his time as the Dodgers’ general manager from 1987-98, Fred Claire came into the Vin Scully circle from a job a sports writer and then as a team public relations employee in 1969. The Torrance High grad and El Camino College student had covered sports for the Whittier Daily News, Pomona Progress-Bulletin and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and was eventually the VP of Communications before moving into the GM spot in the aftermath of the Al Campanis exit.
Claire, author of the 2004 book on his 30 years with the franchise, shares this:

“I probably first met Vin when I was a young sports editor of the Pomona Progress-Bulletin and covered the Dodgers in their initial season in Los Angeles in 1958 and then the World Series at the Coliseum in 1959. I can’t recall the first meeting, and yet I can’t recall a time when I didn’t feel as though I knew him and considered him to be a friend.
“In reality for those of us who love baseball, or even those who have had a casual or summer time fling with the game, Vin always has been there. His voice has been the voice of Summer for so many thousands of fans, generations of fans, who live or have lived in Southern California.

Fred Claire, center, with Vin Scully, below right, and Charley Steiner, left. (Credit: Twitter@FredClaire)

Fred Claire, center, with Vin Scully, below right, and Charley Steiner, left. (Credit: Twitter@FredClaire)

“The thing about Vin is that you didn’t need a personal intro-
duction to know him. If you were a member of the media and saw him in the press dining room or in the press box there was always a warm and wel-
coming smile. You knew him instantly.

“The remarkable part is that the warmth in his voice and the incomparable talent to describe a baseball game connected him to the legion of fans who were listening to the game on the radio or watching on television.
“My close connection to Vin came in 1969 when I joined the Dodgers  as the director of publicity. It was the start of a working relationship and a close personal relationship where my admiration grew by the day and by the quickly passing seasons.
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Sunday media: You can call on them to have Vin Scully stories: Porter, Steiner, Enberg … and Davis

Our deepest thanks to Ross Porter, Charley Steiner and Dick Enberg for letting us hear some of the stories they have about Vin Scully in today’s column.

Joe Davis and Vin Scully prior to game against the San Diego Padres on April 4, 2016 at Petco Park in San Diego. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

Joe Davis and Vin Scully prior to game against the San Diego Padres on April 4, 2016 at Petco Park in San Diego. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

One more from Joe Davis, who starting in 2017 will be paired with Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra on the SportsNet LA TV games both home and on the road as Davis’ broadcasting schedule with Fox Sports allows:
“I guess just with how opposite our schedules are, with him doing exclusively home and me exclusively road — I actually haven’t had any interactions with him outside a call the night before my hiring was announced, and at a banquet we were at together in December.We also met briefly on Opening Day in San Diego. It’s how things have been. I know he gets pulled in a million different directions, especially this last year, so I totally get it.
“And maybe you already know the story on his phone call: The night before it’d be announced that I was joining the Dodgers, my phone rang with a number I didn’t recognize, so I ignored the call. Same thing happened later that night. ‘If it’s important they’ll leave a message,’ I thought.
“This time, a voicemail popped up. I almost dropped the phone when I played the voicemail and heard that unmistakable voice. ‘Hi Joe, it’s Vin Scully in Los Angeles. I tried you earlier in the day, so I guess I begin the year 0-for-2. ‘ He went on to congratulate me and welcome me to the club, telling me that he remembered what it was like to join ‘a big club.’ in his 20s, and ensuring me that’d I’d love being with the Dodgers.
“We connected later that night, thankfully. Part of me is also thankful that I let it go to voicemail. I have the voicemail saved in several different spots, and if you can consider an audio file a keepsake, the file of that voicemail is as special of a keepsake as I’ll ever own.”

Check back daily for more Vin Scully memories from members of the L.A. media who have worked with him over the years.

 

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It’s Out of the Question: Rams may be hanging by a thread, but it’s time for a costume change

0917_spo_ldn-l-questions-0917They’ve already managed to amass an unraveling laundry list of unresolved issues just one prime-time appearance into their 2016 regular season.

So does it really matter what type of laundry the Rams will be asked to wear for their Los Angeles re-coming out runway event Sunday at the Coliseum?

Psychologically, perhaps.

Philosophically, not really. Especially if all you’re trying to do is cover up obvious deficiencies during a clumsy adaptation of Act 2 in The Prodigal Team.

Although, when it comes to down-and-dirty costume changes, who does it better than Hollywood?

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