On Sunday, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles (and before that, Brooklyn) Dodgers, Vin Scully, called it a career after 67 glorious seasons.
His voice is one that is synonymous with baseball, especially those in Los Angeles.
His way of talking baseball was soothing, his stories timeless, and his knowledge unmatchable.
As a Phillies fan, I grew up on the voice of Harry Kalas, one of the “old guard” of announcers. But Vince was always the Godfather of the group.
He began in 1950 — think about that for a moment — and continued through the 2016 season.
His final game was a 7-1 loss to the rival San Francisco Giants. But the interesting part with that is Vin’s love of baseball started when the New York Giants were trounced in a World Series game. He became a diehard Giants fan, well, until he became the voice of the Dodgers.
I’ve always enjoyed being able to watch West Coast games at night to be able to catch a few innings of Vin. Even in his late 80s, he’s still an amazing voice to listen to.
In my recent trip to LA, it was nice to be able to be in attendance for one of Vin’s final home games. Even cooler was a person near our seats had a radio, so we had the chance to watch the game and hear Vin’s call. Well, at least for a few innings.
Here’s looking back on an amazing career and wishing Vin the best in his retirement. Baseball will miss him, that’s for sure.
Below is something shown at the end of Vin’s final broadcast. It’s well worth watching: