One might think that for a Giants fan like me to say something good about the Dodgers would take a mighty effort. Not so, really. Praising Vin Scully is pretty easy. The Dodgers announced last night that Scully will be back for his 66th (!) season in 2015, and that’s a weight off our shoulders. Because a world without Vin Scully calling games just doesn’t make sense.
God willing, I will be back next year,” Scully said in a statement released by the team. “Naturally there will come a time when I have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
Scully’s consecutive years of service make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history. He calls all nine innings of the team’s home games and road games in California and Arizona for the Dodgers’ new television home on SportsNet LA, while the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio.
So, all kinds of articles and posts in praise of Scully today, some of which we’ll show you below. But one in particular caught my eye.
You may have known that Scully played baseball at Fordham University. But did you know that in one game, vs. Yale in 1947, he crossed paths with an opposing first baseman named George H.W. Bush?
That time on 4/14/47 when Fordham CF Vin Scully and Yale 1B George H.W. Bush played an otherwise forgettable ballgame pic.twitter.com/hRp3Nru1k9
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) July 16, 2014
As you may be able to make out above, their exploits at the plate were forgettable: both batted seventh, and went 0-for-3.
In retrospect, it was kind of a big two days in sports:
— george sands (@georgesands58) July 16, 2014
In Scully’s case, anyway, it’s good that he wasn’t a great hitter. If he was, the world may have been deprived of its greatest broadcaster. Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 35 years ago … essentially giving him two HOF careers.
Here’s one of his signature stories. Only Scully could make a pigeon poop incident seem like baseball poetry:
The idea that one person might broadcast baseball games for 66 years is demonstratively insane. #VinScully
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) July 30, 2014
"How good was Stan Musial? He was good enough to take your breath away." - Vin Scully (Scully and Musial 1963) pic.twitter.com/BHCNd3HW4a
— Dugout Legends (@DugoutLegends) July 21, 2014
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 30, 2014