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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    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.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    To me, Vin is the gold standard in baseball announcing.

    Good on ya, Vin.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Quote Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT View Post
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    This line deserves a bump.

    Scully's the best. I'll definitely miss that smooooth voice.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    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.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Makes sense to me. When I listen to his games I can barely understand what he is trying to say...
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Last inning of Koufax's perfect game

    http://www.doubledogmusic.com/baseba...ax_Perfect.mp3
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    Last inning of Koufax's perfect game

    http://www.doubledogmusic.com/baseba...ax_Perfect.mp3

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Never liked Scully, never will. Should have retired decades ago.

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    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.

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.
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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.

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    Re: Vin Scully retiring after 2010 season

    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.
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