Tag: Vin Scully

Vin Scully

Happy birthday to the greatest announcer of all time

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I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.

Since then I’ve probably watched the Dodgers play more often than any team except my beloved Twins, solely because of how much I enjoy listening to Scully.

He is without question the greatest announcer I’ve ever heard, which is remarkable considering I didn’t hear him until he was 75 years old and had already been on the job for five decades. I can’t even imagine how good Scully must have been in his prime, if only because I can’t imagine anyone being better than what I’ve heard for the past seven or eight seasons.

Anyway, today Scully turns 83 years old. To celebrate, here’s an audio clip of him announcing the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game on September 9, 1965. Believe me, it’s worth a listen:

Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

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Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels.

But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I had a chance to come here (Los Angeles) in 1979,” Brennaman said. “They told me Vin wasn’t going to work forever.”

Vin Scully had already been broadcasting Dodgers games for 30 years at that point, so it must have been at least somewhat tempting for Brennaman to jump ship. Turns out he was wise to stay put.

On Sunday, the beloved Scully announced he would be returning to the Dodgers in 2011 for his 62nd season with the club, saying “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”

Vin Scully might not work forever, but I don’t think anyone — including Marty Brennaman — would begrudge him if he did.

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