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savafan
07-29-2009, 11:31 PM
http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/vin-scullys-final-innings/

By Tyler Kepner

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – From Bill Plaschke comes news that Vin Scully plans to retire after the 2010 season. Scully, 81, has been the voice of the Dodgers since 1950, when they played in Brooklyn. A Bronx native and a graduate of Fordham University, Scully is beloved throughout baseball, the best at his craft and a giant on radio and television.

Millions of fans know Scully from the “Game of the Week” for NBC in the 1980s. He also called some of the best World Series moments for NBC, including the Bill Buckner game in 1986 and the Kirk Gibson game in 1988. And he did many World Series for CBS Radio, working with Sparky Anderson or Johnny Bench.

Scully is a genius by himself, but what’s striking on the CBS Radio broadcasts is the deference and inquisitiveness he shows to Anderson or Bench, always recognizing what they could add to a broadcast from their experience. With Scully’s descriptions, his wordplay, his sense of the moment — and his own observations and knowledge — listening to those games is captivating.

I can hear the old broadcasts thanks to Charlie Danrick, a New Jersey man who sells audio tapes of old games. When I’m driving home from Yankee Stadium — and Scully’s done for the night on the Dodgers’ XM feed — I can always pop in a classic game of his to guide me. Scully could read an instruction manual and make it fascinating.

I’ve bought several tapes of Scully’s games from Danrick, who is a licensee of MLB Properties and an expert on radio broadcasters. Danrick has a library of some 2,500 games, and there’s no doubt which voice tops his list.

“The one man I feel who has the greatest skill at drawing word pictures is Vin Scully, and once he retires, I do not think there will be anyone any better than that man,” Danrick said. “Not even his mentor, Red Barber, could hold a candle to him. And neither could the great Mel Allen.

“Mr. Scully is simply brilliant; what more can I say? His enunciation and articulation are perfect. His knowledge of the game is perfect. His insight is immaculate. No finer gentleman ever called a baseball game.”

Plaschke suggests a statue of Scully at Dodger Stadium equipped with a listening station, of sorts, where fans can plug in, “pull up a chair” and relive some of his greatest calls. Sounds like a great idea, and I hope they’ll include his call of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965. It is, without question, the finest bit of broadcasting I’ve ever heard, as beautiful and compelling as any words have ever been about the game. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.

WVRedsFan
07-30-2009, 12:01 AM
As much as I hate the Dodgers, i love Vin Scully. He's been around as long as I have (heck, he was born more than 20 years before me), and that voice and technique has been heard by me since I first embraced baseball. No one can go on forever, it's a proven fact that 10 of 10 die, but I'll miss him so much. I find myself tuning into the Dodger broadcasts when they're home on XM or watching them on the EI package and just listening--even though I hate the Dodgers.

It won't be baseball season without Scully. Or Joe or Waite Hoyt or even Marty. We're in for a long dry spell after that. It won't be the same.

RED VAN HOT
07-30-2009, 12:05 AM
As a kid, no one disliked the Dodgers as much as I did. I collected Dodger baseball cards just to mutilate them. Scully, however, was the best....literate, fresh, perceptive. He always made the games enjoyable. As much as he loved the Dodgers, he was always quick to lavish praise on the opponents when it was deserved. He simply appreciated good baseball players regardless of where they played. He helped me, like so many, develop a true love for this game.

Reds Fanatic
07-30-2009, 12:15 AM
Vin will truly be missed. I many times will tune in Dodgers games late at night just to hear Vin do the call. He just provides such great detail and insight into the game that you usually don't get from other announcers.

Unassisted
07-30-2009, 12:20 AM
Maybe the Reds could trade them Jeff Brantley to replace Vin? ;)

In all seriousness, I wonder if Thom might seek this gig.

savafan
07-30-2009, 12:21 AM
Maybe the Reds could trade them Jeff Brantley to replace Vin? ;)

I'd send them Grande. He probably already loves some of the Dodgers. ;)

Topcat
07-30-2009, 02:44 AM
A legend riding off into the sunset. He has earned it and god bless Vin Scully.

Ron Madden
07-30-2009, 03:06 AM
I've always hated the Dodgers but there is no doubt in my mind that Vin Scully is the best there ever was.

MrCinatit
07-30-2009, 04:55 AM
One of the best out there, no doubt. A lot of guys loose a few steps as the years go on (Marty, Joe, Harry Carey). But I do not think Vin has. Listening to him call Larson's perfect game to calling any game this year - it sounds like the guy still has it.
And what makes him a true joy to listen to is his pure, unadulterated love for the game and his encyclopedia knowledge of seemingly everything baseball.

cumberlandreds
07-30-2009, 07:25 AM
No doubt he is/was one of the best. He hasn't lost anything over the years either. His voice seems as strong as ever and you can tell he still works hard at his craft. he deserves the rest but baseball listening will not be the same.

redsmetz
07-30-2009, 07:34 AM
One of the best out there, no doubt. A lot of guys loose a few steps as the years go on (Marty, Joe, Harry Carey). But I do not think Vin has. Listening to him call Larson's perfect game to calling any game this year - it sounds like the guy still has it.
And what makes him a true joy to listen to is his pure, unadulterated love for the game and his encyclopedia knowledge of seemingly everything baseball.

Scully also called Koufax's perfect game. The transcript is in one of the volumes of baseball literature and it reads like prose. It's clear, concise; just wonderful. I think I found it online once. If so, I'll post the link.

Browning's perfect game was against the Dodgers too. I'm guessing that Scully called the game for the Dodgers. That would be three perfect games called in one radio career. I bet you no one else has done that.

redsmetz
07-30-2009, 07:37 AM
Here's a link to a nice article from 1999 from Salon.com. There is a link to the Koufax perfect game's 9th inning in the story. But the Salon piece is nice in and of itself.

http://archive.salon.com/people/bc/1999/10/12/scully/

RBA
07-30-2009, 07:44 AM
Plaschke suggests a statue of Scully at Dodger Stadium equipped with a listening station, of sorts, where fans can plug in, “pull up a chair” and relive some of his greatest calls.


Plug in? Wifi, bluetooth, and small FM transmitter. Who plugs in anymore?

Sea Ray
07-30-2009, 07:59 AM
I knew this day was coming but I'm still bummed to hear the news. I was hoping he'd continue until the end like Harry Carey and others but he is in his 80s even though he doesn't sound like it. With the Reds play of recent, staying up late to hear a game called by Vin is one of pleasures I still enjoy in baseball. His insight really is incredible. He must just hang out in the clubhouse before these games 'cause he can tell you what the siblings of an opposing player do for a living, in what clubs the player participated in high school as well as his baseball skills. Scully is also not negative like Marty. Instead of berading a player for a boneheaded move, Vin will say something like that player was taken to school or so and so learned a valuable lesson.

Vin can teach us all something beyond baseball: class

Roy Tucker
07-30-2009, 08:00 AM
Here's a link to a nice article from 1999 from Salon.com. There is a link to the Koufax perfect game's 9th inning in the story. But the Salon piece is nice in and of itself.

http://archive.salon.com/people/bc/1999/10/12/scully/

Nice article, thanks redsmetz.

cumberlandreds
07-30-2009, 08:42 AM
Scully also called Koufax's perfect game. The transcript is in one of the volumes of baseball literature and it reads like prose. It's clear, concise; just wonderful. I think I found it online once. If so, I'll post the link.

Browning's perfect game was against the Dodgers too. I'm guessing that Scully called the game for the Dodgers. That would be three perfect games called in one radio career. I bet you no one else has done that.

He may not have called Browning's perfect game. He was doing NFL games at that time. This game was on a Friday night and usually announcers arrive at the NFL site a couple of days before. I just finished reading his biography by Curt Smith and there was no mention of it in there that I can remember. But that is not the best biography by a long shot, so TFWIW.

nate
07-30-2009, 08:52 AM
To me, Vin is the gold standard in baseball announcing.

Good on ya, Vin.

RichRed
07-30-2009, 09:21 AM
I collected Dodger baseball cards just to mutilate them.

This line deserves a bump.

Scully's the best. I'll definitely miss that smooooth voice.

SunDeck
07-30-2009, 12:29 PM
The thread could have been called, "Vin Scully retiring after 2010th season".
The guy seems to have always existed to me and infrequently as I get to hear him, I still find his voice reassures me that baseball is still baseball.

RedsBaron
07-30-2009, 01:17 PM
Nice article, thanks redsmetz.

Nice article. Scully's call of Koufax's perfect game was itself perfect. Yes, Scully painted a picture. I could almost "taste" the pressure Koufax was under by just reading Scully's broadcast.

*BaseClogger*
07-30-2009, 01:24 PM
Makes sense to me. When I listen to his games I can barely understand what he is trying to say...

savafan
07-30-2009, 07:25 PM
Last inning of Koufax's perfect game

http://www.doubledogmusic.com/baseball/Scully_Koufax_Perfect.mp3

Ron Madden
07-31-2009, 03:14 AM
Last inning of Koufax's perfect game

http://www.doubledogmusic.com/baseball/Scully_Koufax_Perfect.mp3


The only words I can come up with are Thank You!

:thumbup:

Ron Madden
07-31-2009, 03:25 AM
I Know the Reds have been terrible but It would be nice if Marty, Jeff and Thom actually called play by play and painted the picture for the listening audience.

Instead we get Ask Marty, Gangsta Trivia, Life On The Road From Hal McCoy. A bunch of stuff about golf and Jeff Brantleys eating habits.

Gimme Vin Scully.

Red in Chicago
07-31-2009, 07:12 AM
Never liked Scully, never will. Should have retired decades ago.

westofyou
07-31-2009, 10:24 AM
Makes sense to me. When I listen to his games I can barely understand what he is trying to say...

If you listen to say all 3 games of series he'll eventually repeat the player notes he has 2-3 times, it's the pain of being solo in the booth, older than a grandpa and having more names in his head than you can imagine.

That said I listen to his broadcasts all the time, understand him fine (he's not Harry Caray, he isn't slurring) and appreciate his stories, his knowledge and his love of the game. Once he's gone there will be more vanilla in the world.

BCubb2003
07-31-2009, 10:38 AM
Last year I thought his S's were much less crisp than before, but this year he seems fine to me. His encyclopedia of baseball might go overboard sometimes, but I prefer it to Thom and Cowboy's fried chicken sundaes or whatever tonight's gluttony is. Compared to what passes for baseball announcing these days, he's still in a class by himself. Nobody will match him, although I think Jon Miller comes closest these days.

I do wonder sometimes if we'd go ballistic if he were announcing for the Reds but talking about the high school days and beloved grandmas of each Cardinals player.

MWM
07-31-2009, 10:51 AM
Only announcer ever that I'd watch or listen to a game for a while just to hear him. Ernie Harwell is the only other I'd go out of my way to listen to as I've listened to tons of his archived footage. Sad indeed that he'll be gone, but even sadder is that this feels like the last of the true announcers. I hate the "not like it used to be" cliche, but in this case, the game of baseball in the modern era is lacking great voices that can do what Scully can do. It used to be part of the fabric of the game, but the Thom's of the world are more the norm these days and I think that's too bad. It's not a "Thom is bad" thing, it's more a style thing. You just don't get guys that come along that are about painting the picture and telling a story.

BCubb2003
07-31-2009, 11:22 AM
It's not a "Thom is bad" thing, it's more a style thing.

I agree. I don't mind Thom, and I don't even mind a little down home flavor, if that's who you are, and I understand that this team doesn't exactly inspire classic broadcasts. For me it's more a sense of proportion. I want more baseball and less fried chicken.

Crosley68
07-31-2009, 01:46 PM
I grew up absolutely hating the Dodgers and loving the sounds of Waite, Jim, Joe, Al, and Marty describing the games of my beloved Reds, but I feel Scully is the best of my lifetime. He truly paints the game in my head better than anyone.

*BaseClogger*
07-31-2009, 03:30 PM
If you listen to say all 3 games of series he'll eventually repeat the player notes he has 2-3 times, it's the pain of being solo in the booth, older than a grandpa and having more names in his head than you can imagine.

That said I listen to his broadcasts all the time, understand him fine (he's not Harry Caray, he isn't slurring) and appreciate his stories, his knowledge and his love of the game. Once he's gone there will be more vanilla in the world.

Why must he be alone in the booth?

And I like vanilla, mister! :angry:

Chip R
11-10-2009, 08:12 PM
Scully has confirmed that he is coming back for the 2010 season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4642363