With the All-Star just a few days away, I started to get excited about seeing David Wright come out with the starting line up and Matt Harvey potentially starting the game. Then I began to think about the Fox crew that will be calling this game, which I am not a fan of, and I thought to myself Vin Scully should be calling this game.
Scully is in the midst of what could very well be his final season in broadcasting. With the mid-summer classic being held in Citi Field, a building that was made in homage to where his career began, Ebbets Field, what better place to honor his storied career. This sounds like it is meant to be and I hope Fox has something planned to ensure Scully’s involvement. Whether it be as a narrator during the introduction video or a brief stint in the broadcast booth, It would only be fitting to have Scully’s presence felt in a game meant to promote Baseball’s biggest stars.
Vin Scully is a New York native, born and raised in Washington Heights. He later attended Fordham University, which is where he first began broadcasting. Scully split his time between playing center field for the baseball team and announcing the school’s football games on the WFUV radio station that he helped form. His initial goal was to call professional football games for a living, as that is what first drew him to Sports Radio. Red Barber, the man who had hired him at CBS radio, was so impressed with his early work calling college football games that he invited Scully to join his broadcast team with the Dodgers, he was just 22-years-old.
By 1953, at the age of 25, Scully became the youngest man to call a World Series game. After his two counterparts moved on for various reasons, Scully was left as the principal announcer for the Dodgers, a position he still holds to this day. in 1957, when the Dodgers made the decision to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Scully made the move with the franchise. In 1964, when legendary announcer Mel Allen retired, the Yankees offered Scully their lead play-by-play job for the historic franchise. Scully decided to turn down the offer and stay with the team that gave him his start. He is not only the voice, but also the face that has become synonymous more than any other with the Dodgers organization.
This is the 64th season that Vin Scully has been apart of the Dodgers broadcast booth, which makes him the longest tenured broadcaster with one team in the history of sports. Scully has been given numerous awards over the years and earned some of the highest honors possible for a broadcaster. In 1992, he was given the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor given to a Sports Broadcaster within the field. He has also been given a lifetime achievement Emmy, named the National Sports Broadcaster of the year three times (1965,1978,1982), given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and named the Sports Broadcaster of the Century, just to name a few.
From the final game the Dodgers played in Brooklyn to their first game in L.A., Scully has called some of the most memorable moments in baseball. He has called Koufax no-hitters, Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game in the World Series, “Fernando Mania”, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, Kirk Gibson’s heroic World Series walk-off home run, The Buckner game and has called 28 different World Series. Scully is also the announcer in the movie “For Love of The Game”, where he may be the stand out performer as captures each in-game scene beautifully.
On top of that, Scully has also called some of the greatest moments in Sports, not just baseball over the course of his career. He has called the Master’s, golf’s most prestigious event, Tennis championships and NFL games for years. He was the lead play-by-play man during the 1982 NFC Championship game referred to as “The Catch” when Joe Montana found Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone to beat the Cowboys. It is his versatility to call more than just baseball that will have his voice living forever in the memory of all sports fans.
Vin Scully with go down in history as one of, if not the best, Sports Announcer in history. His ability to connect with fans and capture a memorable moment is unlike any other. Scully’s voice is the last remaining from a generation of when baseball truly was America’s game. In what could be his final season, why not use the game that is meant to promote the games biggest names, is there really any star bigger than Vin Scully left in the baseball? I think it would be only fitting to see Scully involved some how in this years All-Star Game to honor this all-time great in a place very similar to where his career began.